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2007-08 City strategy pathfinder allocations

Blackburn with Darwin(1)

392,777

Leicester(1)

816,424

Liverpool(1)

4,186,000

Greater Manchester(1)

3,752,000

South Yorkshire(1)

1,647,000

Nottingham(1)

1,046,002

Tyne and Wear(1)

3,586,691

Dundee

448,697

Glasgow

2,898,000

Edinburgh

394,103

Heads of the Valleys

1,689,667

Rhyl

79,965

Birmingham Black Country and Coventry

4,274,000

East London

5,718,250

West London

1,143,000

Total

32,072,576

(1) These pathfinders each elected to receive their DAF via a nominated local authority acting as their lead accountable body
Source:
DWP Areas Initiatives and Communities Division

Drugs: Rehabilitation

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sanctions would apply if an individual refused to participate in (a) a substance-related assessment, (b) an interview, (c) other relevant tests and (d) rehabilitation plans under provisions contained in Schedule 1 of the Welfare Reform Bill. [256955]

Mr. McNulty: Under current plans the sanctions that will apply will be similar to those in place for refusing to take the steps necessary to tackle other barriers to work. Currently, for failing to comply with a Jobseeker Direction, the claimant will incur two weeks’ benefit loss in the first instance, followed by four and 26 weeks’ loss for repeated failure to comply. Those on employment and support allowance can lose up to half of the work related activity component of their benefit for four weeks if they fail to meet with conditionality requirements. If they still fail to cooperate they can lose their work related activity component in full.


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Industrial Accidents: Construction

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought under health and safety legislation in respect of fatal accidents in the construction industry in each year since 1997; and how many of them resulted in convictions. [255867]

Jonathan Shaw: The number of prosecutions brought under health and safety legislation in respect of fatal injuries in the construction industry, and resulting convictions, is as shown in the following table:

Prosecutions Convictions

1999-2000

39

37

2000-01

45

39

2001-02

46

43

2002-03

59

50

2003-04

48

39

2004-05

54

46

2005-06

36

27

2006-07

44

38

2007-08

51

44


Detailed information is only available in the form requested from 1999-2000 onwards. Data is not yet available for 2008-09.

These figures show, for each year, the number of prosecution cases resulting from fatal injuries in the construction industry, for which the last hearing date fell within the relevant year, and the number of those which have as yet resulted in at least one successful conviction.

The numbers of prosecutions include 14 cases where the prosecution has been commenced but is not yet complete.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance but no longer qualify for it (a) have found employment, (b) are still unemployed and (c) are registered as unemployed; and if he will make a statement. [254414]

Mr. McNulty: The total number of people leaving jobseeker's allowance is decreasing in line with the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance. The number of people leaving with an unknown destination recorded has increased over the last ten years. This is because the completion levels of the JSA40 (forms filled in by people leaving jobseeker's allowance) have decreased over this period. This should be taken into account when interpreting these statistics, as many of these ‘unknown' leavers will have moved into employment or other benefits.

The available information is in the table.


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Destination of claimants leaving jobseekers allowance—2008
Destination Claimants

Employment

914,690

Other benefit (excludes those reaching retirement age)

170,185

Education/training

228,530

Other known destinations

155,715

Not known

1,083,635

Total

2,552,735

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. The question does not specify any time period; total claimants leaving jobseeker's allowance during 2008 have been supplied.
3. Number of leavers moving into employment includes claimants who increased their employment hours beyond 16 per week.
4. Most of those moving onto other benefits will still be out of work.
5. Other known destinations include gone abroad, reached retirement age, gone to prison, deceased, new claim review or defective claim.
Source:
100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems

Mass Media

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of his Department’s contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years. [251216]

Jonathan Shaw: Press monitoring services for DWP include contracts with the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Unit, a press cuttings agency, two media monitoring services and the Press Association. Separate services were provided at times for Jobcentre Plus, the Office for Disability Issues and the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission (CMEC). The costs were as follows:

£

2004-05

49,000

2005-06

172,599.97

2006-07

211,505.95

2007-08

224,377.55

2008-09

(1)138,543.28

(1) Up to December 2008

Some costs are incomplete and unavailable. For instance, the costs in 2004-05 only relate to the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Unit.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Prime Minister of 18 December 2008, transferred to him for reply, on the winter fuel allowance. [256923]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 23 February 2009]: A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 19 February 2009.

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letters from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 22 September 2008 and 17 November 2008 on the case of the hon. Member’s constituent, Joe Shepherd. [258741]

Jonathan Shaw: A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 19 October 2008 in reply to his letter of 22 September 2008, and 18 December 2008 in reply to his letter of17 November 2008.


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New Deal Schemes

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials from his Department next plan to meet bidders for Flexible New Deal contracts to discuss the tendering process; [257249]

(2) what changes have been made to the timetable for the tendering process for providers bidding for Flexible New Deal contracts; and if he will make a statement; [257250]

(3) when he plans to publish the list of the preferred bidders for the Flexible New Deal contracts; and if he will make a statement. [257251]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: There are no current plans to meet with bidders for flexible new deal contracts.

We wrote to bidders for flexible new deal contracts on 11 February, to provide them with the information we had planned to give them at a meeting on 6 February, which did not take place due to adverse weather conditions.

We have notified providers that, by the time phase 1 contracts start in October 2009, we now believe customer volumes will be higher than those published in the invitation to tender (ItT). To enable us to jointly consider the impact and options to address the financial challenges in the initial phase of the contract, there will be a short pause in the competition. We remain committed to beginning delivery of flexible new deal from October and will inform bidders who have been shortlisted in April, with contracts being awarded by the end of May 2009.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase the up-front service fee payable to successful bidders for Flexible New Deal contracts; and if he will make a statement. [257338]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: DWP will retain a performance and payment regime based largely on outcomes, providing shortlisted bidders with the opportunity to develop innovative, individually tailored solutions. Our expectation is to have a funding model based on 80 per cent. (outcome) and 20 per cent. (fee based) as originally announced. However, in the initial phase of the contract (first 18 months), we will consider alternative models based on a higher service fee element.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who will be referred to providers of the Flexible New Deal in each of the next two years; and if he will make a statement; [257339]

(2) what estimate he has made for the purposes of the Flexible New Deal contract of the number of people who will have been out of work for more than 12 months by October 2009; and if he will make a statement. [258249]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Department does not forecast future long-term unemployment or the future number of claimants of jobseeker’s allowance.


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The Government remain committed to bringing forward the flexible new deal and on 30 January 2009 a letter was issued to shortlisted bidders in the flexible new deal competition to help them draw up plans that are capable of withstanding a wide range of possible developments in the labour market over the next three to five years. This includes the possibility that customer volumes by the time phase 1 contracts go live in October 2009 could be up to 300 per cent. higher than those published in the original invitation to tender. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the flexible new deal contracts go-live dates will be delayed as a result of the suspension of the tendering process. [257750]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Government remains committed to bringing in phase 1 of the flexible new deal from October 2009.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department expects to commence the Flexible New Deal in October 2009; and if he will make a statement. [258250]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Government remain committed to bringing in the flexible new deal, in phase 1 areas, from October 2009.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with organisations providing specialist employment services who did not submit bids for contracts under the Flexible New Deal; and if he will make a statement. [258251]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 February 2009]: We have written to suppliers that had been shortlisted and had subsequently withdrawn from the Flexible New Deal competition, advising them that by the time Phase 1 contracts start in October 2009 we now believe customer volumes will be higher than those published in the Invitation to Tender (ItT). We have invited them to reconsider their decision to withdraw from the competition and submit a full tender should they now wish to bid.

Pension Credit

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for pension credit were made to the Pensions Service in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 to date. [257096]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is in the following table.

Pension credit applications

Number

2007-08

285,436

2008-09 January YTD(1)

249,895

(1) YTD—year to date.
Source:
Pension Service Legacy System

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