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For each benefit the target for the AACT in days was as follows:
|Income support||Jobseeker s allowance||Incapacity benefit|
The method used to calculate the AACT differs slightly between the three benefits. For IS the AACT is calculated from the date the customer provides all the evidence required to process the claim to the date a decision is made. For JSA the AACT is calculated from the customer's initial date of contact with Jobcentre Plus to the date a decision is made. For IB the AACT is calculated from the date a properly completed claim form is received by Jobcentre Plus to the date a decision is made.
Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the right hon. Member with the information requested.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking how his Department measures the performance against objectives of the Jobcentre Plus rapid response service; and what information his Department collects on the job outcomes of the Jobcentre Plus rapid response service. These fall within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Our objective is to ensure that the support of the rapid response service (RRS) is offered whenever it might be appropriate for the employer and employees concerned. The purpose of the RRS is to provide early and immediate help to employees facing redundancy through advice and support on such issues as benefits, the local labour market and effective job search.
In that context, we contact each employer who notifies the Insolvency Service of a proposal to make 20 or more people redundant, and also offer support to other employers we believe to be making redundancies whenever we judge that the cumulative impact of redundancies on the local labour market justifies using
RRS. In some cases employers contact us, and we will always support employees facing redundancy through RRS when asked to do so.
Since we extended the RRS in November 2008, we have kept an administrative record of the number of employers who take up our offer of support.
We do not attempt systematically to record other information, such as the numbers of employees who are given advice and support through RRS, or the job outcomes achieved for the former employees of particular employers, as to do so would be prohibitively expensive. Accordingly, information on the numbers of job outcomes achieved for people who access support through the RRS is not available.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies are being advertised by Jobcentre Plus, broken down by the level of qualifications required for applicants for the vacancy. 
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 573, on jobseeker's allowance, what proportion of the increase since 1997 in (a) total employment and (b) employment of people of working age is accounted for by non-UK citizens. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 9 February 2009]: For the purposes of counting the number of people in employment, it is the convention to use all those in the population of 16 and over, to recognise the contribution made by older workers. At the time of oral questions, the latest data on that basis showed that between Q3 1997 and Q3 2008 over half of the increase was indeed accounted for by UK citizens.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of increasing jobseekers allowance by (a) 100 per cent. for claimants with an unbroken work record of more than five years and (b) 200 per cent. for claimants with an unbroken work record of more than 10 years immediately prior to their claim in each of the next five years; 
(2) how many people claiming contribution-based jobseekers allowance had an unbroken work record of more than (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years immediately prior to claiming in each quarter of the last five years. 
|Total expenditure on support for mortgage interest 2006-0 8|
|n/a = Not available|
Information for the last three financial years is held on the Department's financial systems. Information for earlier years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Bank statements from the Office of Paymaster General that show the amount paid out to third party lenders.
|I ncome support claimants receiving support for mortgage interest|
|Jobseekers allowance claimants receiving support for mortgage interest|
|Pension credit claimants receiving support for mortgage interest|
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum.
2. Figures have been uprated using 5 per cent. proportions against 100 per cent. WPLS totals.
3. November 2007 data is not available as DWP has not received this.
4. Pension credit was introduced on 6 October 2003 and replaced minimum income guarantee (income support for people aged 60 or over). The vast majority of people who were previously in receipt of the minimum income guarantee transferred to pension credit in October 2003.
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.
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