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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions on the granting of crisis loans were introduced in 2009-10; what assessment has been made of the effects of those restrictions; and whether further restrictions are being considered. 
Prohibit a second Crisis Loan for living expenses for the same period, (not applied if a disaster or emergency not of customer's own making has arisen since the first award).
Require customers to attend a face to face interview when making their third or subsequent application for a Crisis Loan for living expenses in a rolling 12 month period (excluding those awaiting a decision on their benefit claim). In exceptional circumstances Crisis Loan Decision Makers can waive the need for the customer to attend an interview.
Limit the number of Crisis Loans for living expenses a customer can receive to three in a rolling 12 month period (not applied if a disaster or emergency not of customer's own making has arisen). This measure has been tested in the South West and East Midlands. There are no plans to roll it out nationally.
Following the national introduction of the measure to interview customers on their third and subsequent application on 30 October 2009, a formal evaluation into the effectiveness of this measure will be undertaken shortly.
Helen Goodman [holding answer 26 January 2010]: The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for Statutory Maternity Pay and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is responsible for Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay.
|Department for Work and Pensions expenditure on statutory maternity pay|
|Statutory maternity pay (outturn) (£ million)|
|(1) Figures are estimated outturn for the years in question. The figures relate to Great Britain, and are for Government expenditure to balance employer recoveries from the national insurance fund.|
|Department for Business, Innovation and Skills expenditure on Statutory Paternity Pay|
|Statutory paternity pay (£ million)|
Figures also includes the Department's spend on Statutory Adoption Pay.
Department for Business Innovation and Skills Annual Reports
Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to ensure that pensioners who have lost all or a greater part of their pension due to failed occupational pension schemes are fully compensated under the new Financial Assistance Scheme regulations, with particular reference to (a) indexation reflecting that provided by their original schemes and (b) backdating to cover normal retirement age. 
Angela Eagle: On 17 December 2007, the Government announced a major extension to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). This provided for people to be paid 90 per cent. of their accrued pension, revalued to the date of entitlement, subject to a maximum limit, which is currently £29,386. Payments are made from the member's normal retirement age (subject to a lower age limit of 60 and an upper limit of 65).
Payments based on rights accrued since April 1997 are increased in line with inflation, subject to a 2.5 per cent. cap. This is the same as occupational pension schemes are required to provide by legislation and is also in line with what the Pension Protection Fund provides.
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit payments of each type were paid into post office card accounts in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland, (e) each English region and (f) each parliamentary constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Helen Goodman: Many of the policy initiatives announced since Budget 2007 have not yet shown up in the child poverty figures. Although we do not have an estimate for January 2012, measures announced since Budget 2007, including the pre-Budget report 2009, are estimated to reduce the number of children in poverty by around 550,000.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners (a) aged 80 years and over have claimed the £400 winter fuel payment and (b) aged 60 years and over have claimed the £250 winter fuel payment in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the United Kingdom in each winter since 2007-08. 
Angela Eagle: The information requested on the number of claims is not available. Most customers do not need to claim the winter fuel payment as the majority of payments are sent out automatically by the Department.
|Number of customers aged:||Number of customers aged :|
|60-79 years||80 and over||60-79 years||80 and over|
|(1 )Information regarding Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office. Notes: 1. Households with those aged 60-79 received £250 and those aged 80 and over received £400. These payments were shared between qualifying individuals in each household. 2. Payment figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £0.1 million. 4. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.|
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners resident in Ashford constituency are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance; and how much her Department paid to such pensioners in winter fuel allowance in 2009. 
1. Payment figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £0.1 million.
3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
Mr. Wills: Advice and guidance on stress recognition and management is available to all staff on the Ministry of Justice intranets. I will make arrangements for the guidance material to be placed in the Library.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many residents of ClearSprings properties have had their residency terminated following a breach of terms of residency in each month since June 2007; 
Maria Eagle: The number of residents, to 30 November 2009, who have breached their terms while accommodated by ClearSprings for the period of their bail or Home Detention Curfew (HDC) licence and the number accommodated is shown in the following table. Residents accommodated through this service are subject to a level of surveillance and reporting to a support officer which does not apply to others on bail and HDC living privately in the community.
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