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1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
4. Council Tax Benefit figures exclude any Single Adult Rebate cases.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in May 1997 to May 2007; and Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) for November 2008 and May 2009. For an understanding of improvements in methodology for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit caseload National Statistics, please visit:
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which local authority areas credit unions and similar organisations have received funding from the Growth Fund in all rounds of funding to date. 
Helen Goodman [holding answer 26 October 2009]: The information has been placed in the House of Commons Library. It provides details of local authority areas where Growth Fund contracted organisations, including Credit Unions and Community Development Finance Institutions, are located.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans in each of the last 24 months were for (a) living expenses, (b) items and (c) living expenses and items; and if she will make a statement. 
|£ m illion|
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department has taken to ensure that autistic people are informed about entitlement to employment support allowance. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Department is working with a wide range of organisations, including the Department of Health and the National Autistic Society, to identify ways in which its services can be improved for people with autism. In particular, the Department is working with both organisations following the recent consultation, led by the Department of Health, 'A better future: a consultation on a future strategy for adults with autistic spectrum conditions' and the publication on 15 October 2009 of the Public Accounts Committee report 'Supporting people with autism through adulthood'. Both these publications make wide-ranging recommendations and formal responses to both will be made in due course.
Jobcentre Plus, an Executive Agency of the Department for Work and Pensions, delivers services to a wide range of customers, including those with autism. Disability Employment Advisers within Jobcentres have received formal training which includes autism interview skills and all Jobcentres have access to their services.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents with school-age children have moved from welfare into work (a) in the Doncaster local authority area and (b) in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
|Estimate of income support lone parents with school-aged children who moved from welfare to work in a recent five-year period|
|Doncaster local area||England|
| Notes: 1. The England figures include Doncaster. 2. The data includes only those lone parents who leave income support (IS) into employment. 3. The data excludes lone parents who move into employment but remain on benefit. 4. School-aged children are taken to be those children aged 5 to 15. Source: Estimates based on Department for Work and Pensions benefits administrative data and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs P45 employment data.|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of households in each (a) region and (b) local authority area was in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last three years. 
Helen Goodman [holding answer 2 November 2009]: The Department consulted on proposals to remove the up to £15 weekly housing benefit excess that customers can receive over and above their contractual rent under the local housing allowance arrangements. In addition to the consultation carried out by the Department, the Social Security Advisory Committee also carried out a consultation. We are considering carefully the responses to the consultation and the recommendations made by the Social Security Advisory Committee, and will announce our response in due course.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of housing benefit rent rebates was in (a) England and (b) London in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 1995 and (iv) in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
|Housing benefit rent rebate expenditure|
| Notes: 1. Figures include all rent rebate expenditure, whether funded by central or local government. 2. Figures are in millions of pounds. 3. Figures are in cash terms. 4. Information for London is not available for 1989-90 and 1990-91. Source: Local authority subsidy claims.|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit recipients were (i) of working age and (ii) elderly in each year since 1997. 
|Number and proportion of housing benefit recipients by working/pension age: Great Britain May 1997-May 2003|
|Percentage of recipients aged|
|Aged 60 and over||Aged under 60||60 and over||Under 60|
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