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Depending upon the circumstances of particular incidents involving staff, a range of sanctions are available to the Department, including disciplinary or administrative action and, in extreme or persistent cases, termination of employment and, if appropriate, criminal proceedings. Information is not collected centrally on the occasions when IT security policies have been broken by employees, and it would involve disproportionate cost to obtain these details.
Similarly, it is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to electronic breaches of security of the Department's IT systems. Disclosing such information could enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
UK Mailvolume 95 million items via second class mail to DWP customers; 32 per cent of all DWP postal services; the final mile is still delivered by Royal Mail;
Spring Global Mailvolume 2 million items for international mail to DWP customers; less than 1 per cent. of all DWP postal volumes.
DWP remains committed to using Royal Mail postal services and we have developed a range of joint initiatives to further enhance our relationship and deliver postal efficiencies. DWP is also monitoring the developing postal marketplace for best value for money opportunities for taxpayers.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's executive agencies; and what the cost of translating services provided by such people was in the latest period for which information is available. 
1. Face to face
3. Translating by a range of services which includes the translation of departmental information leaflets and other documents that are provided to customers in a range of ethnic languages, audio and Braille, as well as all publications for Welsh speaking customers living in Wales.
4. We are also able to offer an ad hoc service to convert documents into easy read format.
DWP has 154 staff with foreign language speaking skills which are used alongside their normal duties and for which they receive an annual allowance of £730 per annum. There are also 557 staff with foreign language speaking skills who provide additional cover and receive an annual allowance of £310 per annum. These services are used on an ad hoc basis and their overall cost is not maintained on a central basis.
|Type of service||Number of suppliers||2007-08 spend( 1) (£ million)|
|(1) 2007-08 is the last full financial year of recorded data that we can provide.|
(2) Not available as included in creative design costs.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many nationals of each non-UK EU member state were in receipt of disability living allowance at each rate in Hemel Hempstead in the most recent period in which figures are available. 
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the additional cost is estimated to be of the new rates of invalidity allowance in support of the alignment of the rates of incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance in the first 12 months in which they have effect; what the estimated average increase in the relevant benefit payment to claimants will be as a result of the alignment; and what that increase will be expressed as a percentage. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 2 March 2009]: The White Paper, Raising expectations and increasing support, announced measures to smooth the transition to employment and support allowance for existing incapacity benefit customers by starting to align their benefit rates with employment and support allowance rates from April 2009. To begin the process of achieving alignment with employment and support allowance, those on contributory incapacity benefit with an age addition, including former invalidity benefit customers, will see their overall benefit increased in April 2009 by half of the Rossi index(1), rather than by the full Rossi index. Customers in receipt of severe disablement allowance with an age addition will receive an increase equivalent to the full Rossi increase.
In 2009-10 there will be an estimated 660,000 customers receiving incapacity benefit with age additions(2). As a result of the White Paper changes, from April 2009 the benefit rate for these cases will be on average £3.20 per week higher than in 2008-09, an increase of 3.4 per cent.(3) For example, those on incapacity benefit with the higher age addition, and no other additions, will see their benefit increase from £102.25 per week in 2008-09 to £105.45 per week in 2009-10.
Despite the increase in benefit rates for people with age additions, the total expenditure on these cases is expected to fall by nearly £180 million from 2008-09 to 2009-10 due to an expected reduction in the number of people claiming incapacity benefits(4).
(1) The Retail Prices Index less housing costs.
(2) Including those on invalidity benefit and severe disablement allowance.
(3) This excludes other additions that can be payable for some people claiming incapacity benefits such as adult dependency increases and child dependency increases.
(4) Numbers are forecast to fall because employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefits in October 2008.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1942W, on natural gas: engineers, what performance indicator the Health and Safety Executive has set for Capita's performance in promoting awareness of the new gas safety council; and when the Executive plans to publish its assessment of progress against this objective. 
Jonathan Shaw: Capita has a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to achieve at least 40 per cent. unprompted brand recognition of the New Gas Safe Registerā"¢ among gas consumers by the end of October 2009, rising to 60 per cent. by the end of October 2010 and 75 per cent. by the end of October 2011. A further KPI requires annual increases over the first five years of the contract in gas consumer awareness of gas safety risks and the need to use only a Gas Safe registered engineer for gas work. The KPIs will be measured through consumer surveys with the results published as soon as possible.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people required to promote occupational therapy in social care in the next 10 years. 
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving disability benefit in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each of the last five years. 
|Number of attendance allowance and disability living allowance recipients|
|Attendance allowance||Disability living allowance|
|As at August each year||Copeland parliamentary constituency||Cumbria||Copeland parliamentary constituency||Cumbria|
| Notes: 1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 3. Figures are published on the DWP website:|
Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward measures to assist local authorities in reducing the number of placements for looked-after children. 
Beverley Hughes: Through the White Paper Care Matters: Time for Change and the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 the Government have put in place a range of measures to improve the placement stability of looked after children and raise the quality of placement provision.
Through the Fostering Changes training programme and the Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care and Social Pedagogy pilots we are taking action to help
improve the range of support and skills for foster carers and residential workers to help them meet the needs of looked after children and prevent placement breakdown.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the 17 early adopter local authorities for ContactPoint raised concerns about shielding in their most recent monthly assessment. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 5 February 2009]: The first operational stage of ContactPoint delivery began on 26 January. This allows all local authorities to start to shield a small proportion of records on ContactPoint. This precautionary measure is appropriate for the records of children who would be at risk of significant harm if their whereabouts was disclosed. This might include children in particularly vulnerable circumstances, such as children from families on police protection schemes; where one parent has been the victim of domestic violence or abuse; or, in certain cases, where the child has been adopted.
We are working closely with 17 early adopter local authorities to identify and help them work through any issues. In their assessment at the end of January, 4 of these early adopters raised issues concerned with the effective implementation of this first operational stage and we are now working with them to resolve these issues. We remain committed to a prudent and incremental approach to implementation, and will continue to evaluate progress and adapt our approach as required.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Muslim schools in England receive direct or indirect funding from foreign countries; and from which countries such funding is provided; 
Jim Knight: There are Muslim schools in both the independent and maintained sectors. We do not collect information about the sources of direct or indirect funding for independent schools. Maintained faith schools receive recurrent funding from their local authority although this can be topped up from other sources, for example where there are extended school activities. Voluntary aided maintained schools usually receive 90 per cent. of funding for capital work from the Department and provide 10 per cent. themselves. The Department does not record the source of funding for the 10 per cent. contribution, or any other contributions towards voluntary aided capital projects.
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