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1. The figures in table 1 relate to gas installation businesses registered with CORGI under the under the Gas Safety (installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The figures have been provided by CORGI.
2. The figures in table 2 are prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of the 1998 and predecessor Regulations that resulted in fines being imposed. Figures to show how many of those prosecutions were for unregistered gas work alone could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal for Musicians Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment upon leaving the programme in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the programme's inception; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 502W, on the 65 plus work force, what percentage of the overall population the given figures represent. 
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question, with reference to the Answer of 5 November
2008, Official Report, column 502W, asking what percentage of the overall population the given figures on the workforce aged 65 and over represent. (257294).
According to the Office for National Statistics labour force projections published in January 2006, the workforce aged 65 and over as a percentage of the population aged 16 and over will be 1.4 per cent in 2012, 1.5 per cent in 2015 and 1.5 per cent in 2020.
Further information on the methodology behind these labour force projections is available from the National Statistics website at:
|Number of households in receipt of pension credit|
|Type of pension credit|
|Total||Guarantee credit only||Both guarantee and savings credit||Savings credit only|
1. The number of households in receipt are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days of receipt in (a) each year since 2005 and (b) 2008-09 to date. 
|Pension credit clearance times|
|2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||January YTD ( 1) 2008-09|
(1) YTD - Year To Date
(2 )AACT - Actual Average Clearance Time
Pension Service Legacy System
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government have taken to ensure that under the new pension auto enrolment scheme due to start in 2012 each £1 invested by an individual saver, their employer and HM Revenue and Customs will net £1 of value (investment and inflation). 
From 2012, employers will be required to automatically enrol their workers into a qualifying workplace pension arrangement and contribute to that arrangement. Employer contributions will be a minimum of percent on a band of earnings, and around 1 per cent. in the form of tax relief. Overall contributions, including the employee contribution, will be at least 8 per cent.
The new personal accounts scheme will be one of the pension schemes available to employers to meet the employer duty from 2012, and is designed to be low cost to minimise the impact of charges on the value of saving.
A more generous and simpler state pension to provide a solid foundation for saving. By 2050 just 30 per cent. of pensioner households are projected to be entitled to pension credit, compared to 45 per cent. today.
In addition the trivial commutation rules allow individuals with small pension funds to take the full amount as a lump sum (£16,500 in aggregate private pension saving in 2008-09, of which up to 25 per cent. may be tax free).
Those people who see a lower impact on their net retirement income due to interactions with the benefit system will still get the full value of their private savings, and many will also be receiving generous top ups from the state to boost their total income, due to their needs in retirement. This could be due to circumstances such as needing extra support, for example due to disability.
The report of the Savings Incentive Work programme Saving for retirement: Implications of pensions reforms on financial incentives to save for retirement showed that, on standard assumptions, over 95 per cent. of savers modelled could expect to get more than £1 plus inflation back for each £1 contributed, and a large majority could expect double that. It also showed that for a range of case studies the reforms improve the payback on saving. The report also explored a number of measures proposed by stakeholders to further improve returns which suggested that the Government have struck a good balance between the competing objectives of
affordability, incentivising saving and alleviating povertyon balance the package does not need to be changed.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the weekly income, to the nearest whole pound, from the basic state pension and pension credit for a single person who began work in 2012 and who retired at 68 with a full history of national insurance contributions and had (a) no savings and (b) non-pensions savings of (i) £1,000, (ii) £2,000, (iii) £3,000, (iv) £4,000, (v) £5,000 and (vi) £10,000. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: It is projected that a single person aged 25 in 2012, who earned median earnings throughout their working life would receive £159 basic state pension plus state second pension on reaching state pension age of 68 in 2055. They would not be entitled to pension credit. This figure is not affected by different non-pension savings scenarios, Figures are in 2008-09 earnings terms.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency in (a) January 2007, (b) January 2008 and (c) January 2009. 
Kitty Ussher: Child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the overall number of children in relative poverty at Government Office region level or for inner or outer London. This means information for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is not available.
Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department has the capacity to provide effective and timely assistance and support to those made redundant. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department has the capacity to provide effective and timely assistance and support to those made redundant. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The support we can provide begins as soon as a business announces redundancies and involves help for the employer and employees. In Scotland this help is delivered by way of the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative. PACE is a Scottish Government initiative, in which Jobcentre Plus is an active participant, which provides a framework for a consistent and co-ordinated public sector response to dealing with companies in difficulty, including redundancy. The key aim of PACE is to help people who have been made redundant into
alternative employment or training, as quickly as possible. This help can include workplace briefings by Jobcentre staff, skills assessments, and advice on how to look for a new job.
Support is also available through the Rapid Response Service (RRS) administered across Great Britain by Jobcentre Plus. This provides access to funding to help individuals made redundant where no other help exists or is insufficient to get them back into work. The budget for this service was doubled this year, from £3m to £6m, and will be doubled again next year to £12m. This will enable us to deal more effectively with situations involving 20 or more redundancies, or where there is a group of smaller redundancies in one locality. Although this funding has not yet been called upon in Scotland, any bid will be administered in line with the local PACE Partnership.
We have also announced that more people who are made redundant will get help through Programme Centres. These provide people with different kinds of help such as assistance with CV-writing and gaining jobsearch skills. Access to Programme Centres was previously restricted to those furthest from the labour market. Advisers will now have the discretion to allow any customers to access this help as soon as they become unemployed. This will be useful for people who have been in work for a long time and have no recent experience of job hunting.
We are also extending Local Employment Partnerships to provide help for newly redundant people. Local Employment Partnerships are simple deals we have agreed with employers, from local to national level, whereby we prepare customers for work and employers provide guaranteed job interviews, work placements, mentoring and work trials. Through these, Jobcentre Plus is already working successfully with over 13,000 employers, and has helped over 100,000 people into work.
To enable Jobcentres to manage the increase in register sizes, we are recruiting additional staff and are looking at extending office opening hours and how we might use partner premises where appropriate to create the additional capacity we need to help the increasing number of customer who need our help. We have also expanded our Rapid Reclaim arrangements. These enable customers who were in receipt of benefit at any time in the 26 weeks immediately prior to redundancy, to quickly access benefits via an abbreviated new claims process.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees have been offered early access under Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service to (a) work-based learning for adults, (b) programme centres and (c) rapid response service focused training (i) 12 weeks before the date of redundancy, (ii) between 12 weeks before the date of redundancy and the date of redundancy and (iii) between the date of redundancy and 12 weeks after that date. 
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with more than (a) £100,000 and (b) £200,000 annual income were in receipt of a winter fuel payment in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Winter fuel payments were designed to give older people reassurance that they could turn up their heating in winter. Eligibility is not based on income. The winter fuel payment for 2008-09 is £250 for households with someone aged 60-79, and £400 for households with someone aged 80 and over.
Information based on the Department's Family Resources Survey, shows that in 2006-07, winter fuel payments were made to less than 50,000 households with net income before housing costs of more than £100,000 per annum. Higher up the income distribution, clearly, the number is less than that. 2006-07 is the latest year for which information is available.
Net income before housing costs is gross income less income tax payments, national insurance contributions, contributions to occupational and private pension schemes, local taxes, maintenance and child support payments, and parental contributions to children living away from home.
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