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March 2008

307,581

1,300,776

438,118

15,812,733

April 2008

327,393

1,434,791

434,884

23,791,855

May 2008

279,429

1,164,606

294,965

19,269,288

June 2008

315,728

1,243,904

321,516

22,951,946

July 2008

321,083

1,291,101

336,221

25,937,505

August 2008

298,200

1,206,271

349,620

21,188,100

September 2008

331,579

1,321,886

389,937

23,803,716

October 2008

357,209

1,390,235

400,452

24,721,075

November 2008

357,971

1,300,776

416,613

22,366,816

December 2008

265,159

1,434,791

304,269

n/a

January 2009

472,298

1,300,776

678,359

21,320,809

February 2009

1,434,791

565,034

60,402,038



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Age Positive Office for Disability Issues European Social Fund Health and Safety Executive

March 2008

53,692

46,370

57,495

10,152,266

April 2008

64,450

52,021

35,240

8,676,657

May 2008

77,281

57,474

58,541

7,727,433

June 2008

85,586

53,154

63,781

8,040,120

July 2008

67,995

58,098

48,604

7,447,961!

August 2008

49,610

48,873

51,520

6,349,379

September 2008

47,653

n/a

57,699

8,300,273

October 2008

35,517

51,951

54,395

9,440,699

November 2008

33,739

49,760

62,070

8,543,091

December 2008

28,350

57,367

44,399

6,165,509

January 2009

35,569

57,772

53,056

8,199,968

February 2009

35,529

50,377

8,174,915


Now Let’s Talk Money

March 2008

8,942

April 2008

54,134

May 2008

57,875

June 2008

70,747

July 2008

72,566

August 2008

74,288

September 2008

50,868

October 2008

53,651

November 2008

47,490

December 2008

42,658

January 2009

39,042

February 2009

37,122

n/a = Not available

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March 2008

22,636

18,915

17,399

April 2008

24,112

18,911

18,403

May 2008

24,328

19,293

20,187

June 2008

24,046

18,202

18,561

July 2008

25,047

18,395

18,166

August 2008

26,334

18,488

18,631

September 2008

20,945

16,534

17,356

October 2008

20,229

16,764

17,036

November 2008

23,312

18,587

45,590

December 2008

29,862

17,903

18,453

January 2009

29,862

19,055

19,755

February 2009

23,345

17,811

17,807


Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) staff of and (b) contractors for his Department based in London are paid less than the London living wage. [263561]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 13 March 2009]: The information is as follows.

(a) Full-time London based DWP employees have a 36 hour working week whereas the London Living Wage is calculated on the basis of a 38.5 hour working week. DWP employees based in London are paid on the relevant DWP inner or outer London payscale according to their grade and location. All of our directly employed London based employees are paid at a level above that of the London Living Wage when calculated on the basis of either a 36 or a 38.5 hour working week.

(b) DWP does not contractually require its suppliers to pay their employees at levels above the London Living Wage. It may be that within individual supply chains some employees are paid below the London Living Wage. However, it would be at a disproportionate cost to collect and collate the information requested.

Departmental Recruitment

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 626W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual salary cost of the new (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency staff recruited in each year since 2005-06. [264242]

Jonathan Shaw: The overall pay bill cost for permanent and temporary staff employed by the Department in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08 is published in the departmental report 2008. We are unable to identify the costs of newly recruited staff or agency staff without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Training

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department’s policy is on the practice of holding departmental away days outside the Department’s buildings. [268536]

Jonathan Shaw: The Department’s policy on away days, management conferences and seminars is that they should take place in venues which provide value for money taking account of the nature of the event.

Where the hire of rooms or the use of hotel facilities is considered appropriate, this should be judged against
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the availability of reasonable alternatives, the location of the facilities in relation to the home location of the majority of attendees, and the associated travel costs.

Any expenditure is incurred in accordance with the principles of managing public money and the Treasury Handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Disability Living Allowance

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applications for disability living allowance were returned because the applicant was aged over 65 in the last 12 months. [268200]

Jonathan Shaw: Applications for disability living allowance from people aged over 65 years are not returned to the customer but are treated as a claim for attendance allowance.

Drugs: Rehabilitation

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in receipt of jobseeker's allowance have entered voluntary drug rehabilitation programmes in each of the last five years. [264368]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 18 March 2009]: We do not collect information on the medical conditions of jobseeker's allowance claimants.


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