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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment was in each London local authority area in respect of (a) private and (b) social rented accommodation in 2007-08. 
|Average weekly amount of housing benefit by tenure: Great Britain, London local authorities, August 2007|
|Average amount of weekly housing benefit for:|
|Private tenancies||Social rented tenancies|
1. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
2. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
3. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.
4. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics. However, until the new data have been fully quality assured to National Statistics standards, the most recent summary statistics available are for August 2007.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. case load stock-count taken in August 2007.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what proportion of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants started a Work Trial in each of the last six months. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Please find attached at Annex 1 the number of JSA customers who started Work Trials compared to the number of customers claiming JSA in each of the last six months.
Work Trials and other successful policy interventions have contributed to an average of 269,000 people leaving JSA each month in the past 6 months.
|Annex 1-proportion of JSA customers who started a work trial|
|Month||Number of JSA customers starting work trial||Number of customers claiming JSA||Proportion of JSA work trial starts (percentage)|
BOXI management information, NOMIS
PSA17 includes a range of indicators related to low income for pensioners. These are relative low income (below 50 and 60 per cent. contemporary median household income), and absolute low income (below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 median income uprated in line with prices), all measured after housing costs have been taken into account.
Latest information for east of England, Government office region, is based on three year averages. There were around 0.2 million pensioners in the east of England below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income threshold between 2001-04 and 2005-07. During the same period, around 0.1 million pensioners in the east of England were below 50 per cent. of contemporary median income threshold.
However, between 2001-04 and 2005-07, the percentage of pensioners in the east of England being below the 60 per cent. of contemporary median income, after housing costs, has fallen from 25 per cent. to 16 per cent. The number of pensioners in relative poverty has remained unchanged due to the increase in the pensioner population in the east of England.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value of all benefit payments made to residents of (a) the Vale of York and (b) England was in (i) 1980, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) 2008. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the average annual sum lost as a result of benefit fraud in
Alicante; what the objectives of her Department's campaign against benefit fraud in Alicante are; and if she will make a statement. 
There are estimated to be over a million British people living in Spain, and while the vast majority are law abiding citizens, there will unfortunately be a small minority committing benefit fraud. The objectives of our campaign in Spain are:
To raise awareness of fraud abroad; and,
to track down benefit thieves abroad.
Mr. Woolas: The UK continues to face significant pressure from illegal migrants attempting to reach our shores from the Channel and North sea coast of France. This continuous pressure calls for determined, mutual effort to tackle illegal immigration by the UK and France.
At the UK-France summit in Evian on 6 July, the UK agreed to invest a further £15 million to strengthen United Kingdom border controls at Calais, and other juxtaposed controls in France. The French and British Governments declared a joint commitment to effect a significant increase in enforced return of illegal migrants through their national programmes and through joint returns activity as appropriate.
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