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Work and Pensions

Attendance Allowance: Bedfordshire

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in attendance allowance to residents of Mid Bedfordshire constituency in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2008. [295407]

Jonathan Shaw: The information is in the following table:

Attendance allowance expenditure for mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency
Period Amount (£ million) (nominal terms)

2001-02

3.20

2005-06

4.70

2008-09

5.80

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.
2. Tables containing benefit expenditure by benefit, departmental strategic objective, local authority and parliamentary constituency can be found at the following URL:
http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/medium_term.asp
and a copy has been placed in the Library.
Source:
DWP Statistical and Accounting Data

Carer's Allowance: Bedfordshire

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Mid Bedfordshire constituency (a) are entitled to and (b) receive carer's allowance. [295404]

Jonathan Shaw: The available information is in the following table.


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Carer's allowance-mid Bedfordshire constituency: February 2009

Number

Entitlement only

500

Receiving benefit

470

Notes:
1. Caseload totals show the number of people who are entitled to receive carer's allowance, including those who receive no actual payment.
2. Carers entitled to receive carer's allowance may not be paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of carer's allowance.
3. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Figures are published on the DWP website at:
www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/tabtool.asp
Source:
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Carers' Benefits

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plan to initiate the review of carers' benefits outlined in her Department's carers' strategy. [295233]

Jonathan Shaw: The Government acknowledged in the revised National Carer's Strategy, published in June 2008, that the current system of carers' benefits is not flexible enough to adapt to the wide variety of circumstances, responsibilities and needs that carers face.

This is a 10 year strategy with a long-term commitment to review the structure of benefits available to carers in the context of wider reform.

Reviewing carers' benefits is a complex subject that requires careful consideration which cannot be conducted in isolation if we are to ensure that any changes are properly thought through, sound and lasting. We are continuing to develop our thinking on longer term benefit reform within the context of our plans for simplifying the benefit system as a whole taking account of the review of the care and support system which is currently underway.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of benefits as a result of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; and what information her Department holds on the medical conditions of such benefit claimants. [295588]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 26 October 2009]: Benefits are not paid to customers as a result of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis. Entitlement is based on the disablement that results from it and the effects of that disablement.

The Department holds case specific information on the medical conditions of people who have made claims on the basis of a disability or illness. The information can be gathered from a number of different sources including the claimant, health care professionals involved in their care and departmental medical advisers.

Decision makers consider all the available evidence before deciding on entitlement to benefit.

Employment and Support Allowance

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the main disabling conditions are of claimants of employment and support allowance who have been placed in (a) the support group and (b) the
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work-related activity group; and how many and what proportion of claimants fall into each group of the main disabling conditions. [294743]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 21 October 2009]: The information requested is not available.

Employment Services: Disabled

John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment she plans to carry out in respect of the effects on disabled people of the implementation of recent changes to arrangements for specialist disability employment services. [294765]

Jonathan Shaw: An Equality Impact Assessment was published online in December 2008 on initiatives covered in the White Paper 'Raising expectations and increasing support: reforming welfare for the future'. This included a focus on disability in the new specialist disability programme replacing WORKSTEP, Work Preparation and Job Introduction Scheme from October 2010-to be known as Work Choice.

We are currently undertaking the procurement process for the delivery of Work Choice and when contracts are awarded in April 2010, an updated Equality Impact Assessment will be produced.

Social Security Benefits

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there has been in the Government's latest published tax/benefit tables in the number of people with withdrawal rates of between 60 per cent. and 70 per cent.; and if she will make a statement. [295497]

Mr. Timms: I have been asked to reply.

An update on the number of people facing withdrawal rates between 60 and 70 per cent. will be provided in the pre-Budget report.

Winter Fuel Payments: Birmingham

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Northfield constituency received a winter fuel payment in the latest year for which figures are available. [296269]

Angela Eagle: For winter 2008-09, the number of people who received a winter fuel payment in the constituency of Birmingham, Northfield was 14,240.

Winter Fuel Payments: Fife

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of (a) 60 and (b) 80 years have claimed a winter fuel
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payment in North East Fife constituency in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate she has made of the number of people in North East Fife constituency who will receive winter fuel payments in 2009-10. [296126]

Angela Eagle: The number of winter fuel payments paid to individuals aged (a) 60 and over and (b) 80 and over in the North East Fife constituency in each year since 2001-02 are as follows:

Number of individuals aged 60 and over Number of individuals aged 80 and over

2001-02

16,310

n/a

2002-03

16,660

3,525

2003-04

16,875

3,565

2004-05

16,870

3,525

2005-06

18,280

3,850

2006-07

18,700

3,990

2007-08

19,390

4,070

2008-09

19,830

4,100

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five, for years 2001-02 to 2004-05 inclusive, and to the nearest 10 for years 2005-06 onwards.
2. Data are not available for the number of individuals aged 80 and over that received a winter fuel payment in 2001-02 for the North East Fife constituency.
3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. data.

Forecast benefit caseloads are not produced at constituency level, however we expect similar numbers as in 2008-09 to receive the winter fuel payment in 2009-10 in the North East Fife constituency.

Treasury

Child Trust Fund: Birmingham

Richard Burden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Birmingham, Northfield constituency have received child trust fund payments since the scheme was introduced. [296270]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The most recent published constituency level statistics on child trust fund accounts can be viewed on the HM Revenue and Customs website at:

and show that 4,527 children born before 5 April 2007 in the Birmingham, Northfield constituency have a child trust fund account.

Departmental Postal Services

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires. [296091]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Royal Mail provides external mail services to HM Treasury. This is not a tendered service and therefore there is no formal expiry date.


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Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings following the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme. [296003]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury offers a range of internal training courses for officials to meet organisational priorities and which form part of the Professional Skills for Government (PSG) framework.

Any bespoke training that Ministers require is made available as necessary.

Due to delegated team budgets for training spend it is not possible to report on specific training relating to the Operational Efficiency Programme; this information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Government Departments: Public Appointments

David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures used by Government departments to make appointments to their boards; and if he will make a statement. [295983]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The effectiveness of procedures used by Government Departments to make appointments to their boards is currently under review in the context of the Treasury's review of the code of good practice on corporate governance in central Government Departments, which is due to report in 2010.

Housing: Greater London

Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 194W, on housing: construction, which local authorities in London provide details of (a) building control commencement lists and (b) building control completion notices to the Valuation Office Agency; and which such authorities use the Valuebill/e-BAR interface to provide such information. [295844]

Ian Pearson: A table showing which local authorities within the London region of England have provided building control commencement lists and building control completion notices to the Valuation Office Agency is shown as follows.

The Valuebill/e-BAR interface is not used for the submission of building control commencement lists or building control completion notices.


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Billing Authority Commencement Notices Completion Notices

Bexley

No

Yes

Bromley

Yes

Yes

Croydon

Yes

Yes

Greenwich

No

Yes

Lewisham

No

Yes

Sutton

No

Yes

Lambeth

No

Yes

Southwark

Yes

No

Kingston

Yes

Yes

Merton

Yes

No

Richmond

Yes

Yes

Wandsworth

Yes

Yes

Brent

Yes

Yes

Ealing

No

No

Hounslow

Yes

Yes

Havering

No

No

Barking and Dagenham

Yes

No

Redbridge

No

No

Newham

Yes

No

Waltham Forest

Yes

No

Haringey

No

No

Enfield

No

No

Barnet

No

No

Harrow

No

No

Hillingdon

No

No

City of London

No

No

City of Westminster

Yes

No

Kensington and Chelsea

Yes

No

Hammersmith and Fulham

No

No

Tower Hamlets

No

No

Hackney

No

No

Islington

No

No

Camden

Yes

Yes


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