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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to paragraph 5.55 of Budget 2009, whether the 2.5 per cent. uprating of the basic state pension applies to recipients who deferred claiming their basic state pension at retirement age. 
Angela Eagle: The proposed 2.5 per cent increase in the rate of the basic State Pension from April 2010 will not be applied to increments payable to those recipients who have deferred their State Pension. The Retail Prices Index showed that prices had fallen for the 12 months ending in September 2009. Given this evidence the Government have decided to maintain the value of increments at 2009-10 rates.
People with increments who deferred their State Pension for at least one year since 2005 get a State Pension that is 10.4 per cent. higher than if they had not deferred. They will also benefit from the 2.5 per cent. increase in the basic State Pension announced at the pre-Budget report. We are writing to every individual in receipt of State Pension with an uprating notification which clearly states that, while basic State Pension is increasing by 2.5 per cent., increments and additional pension are not.
Helen Goodman: From 24 November 2008, subject to certain exemptions and conditions, most lone parents with older children are no longer entitled to income support if they are only claiming it because they are a lone parent. Instead those able to work may claim jobseeker's allowance. These changes are being introduced for most lone parents in three stages. For those with a youngest child aged 12 or over, the change applies from 24 November 2008; for those with a youngest child aged 10 or over, from 26 October 2009; and for those with a youngest child aged seven, or over from 25 October 2010.
|Number of lone parent claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Great Britain: April 2005-November 2009|
1. Claimant Count: A monthly count of jobseeker's allowance claimants in Great Britain. Totals exclude non-computerised clerical claims.
2. Some jobseeker's allowance claimants have their marital status coded as "not known". Such claimants who are claiming child benefit for at least one child aged under 16 may be lone parents but are not recorded as such in the above table.
3. These volumes may be subject to retrospective changes as and when DWP receive updated child benefit data.
4. Identification of lone parents claiming JSA:
The preferred source of numbers on JSA is the Claimant Count which is produced on a monthly basis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) via the NOMIS website:
DWP are providing a breakdown of this headline number so we can identify the number of lone parents claiming JSA following the roll out of lone parent obligations. This is done using marital status information from the claimant count data alongside HMRC child benefit data. Specifically looking at whether a JSA claimant has their marital status recorded as "single"; "widowed"; "divorced" or "separated", and has an open child benefit claim for at least one child aged under 16, at the 'count date' (second Thursday of each month).
5. Data are not available prior to the introduction of these new statistics.
Experimental statistics: The new statistics will be labelled as an 'experimental' breakdown to the National Statistic status JSA Claimant Count. This label will remain until we are confident that we have a stable methodology and we have given users a chance to comment on the statistics.
ONS Claimant Count data and HMRC Child Benefit data.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals have received winter fuel payments in Banff and Buchan constituency since 1 November 2009. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in the Dundee East constituency have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009. 
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in each London borough have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009; and if she will make a statement. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals resident in Moray constituency have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many receptions he has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since October 2008; how much each such reception cost; and how many people attended each such reception; 
Mr. Bradshaw: I have held three receptions for journalists covering the Department's sectors since October 2008. The costs of these were £1,864.54, £1,251.25 and £1,431.70. Approximately 50 people attended each event.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has regular discussions with HM Treasury about a range of gambling issues. Plans relating to taxation are a matter for my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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