These estimates, as with any involving sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Table 1: Average net weekly equivalised household income in the City of York parliamentary constituency area, 2001-02 and 2007-08 ( 1, 2)
|Mean income (before housing costs)( 3)
|Mean income (after housing costs)( 3)
|(1) Incomes are presented net of income tax payments, National Insurance contributions and Council tax
(2) Figures rounded to the nearest £10
(3) Housing costs include rent (gross of housing benefit), water charges, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance, ground rent and service charges.
(4) Current prices are the prices as they were at the time of the survey. For example, data for 2001-02 are in 2001-02 prices and data for 2007-08 are in 2007-08 prices
Office for National Statistics
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, columns 995-6W, on unemployment, how many economically inactive people of working age who were long-term sick or disabled wanted employment in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) each of the last eight quarters. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many economically inactive people of working age who were long-term sick or disabled wanted employment in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) each of the last eight quarters. (321641)
Estimates of economic inactivity are available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In accordance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) definition, people are classed as economically inactive if they are neither in employment nor unemployed. The estimates provided comprise those who have not been looking for work in the last four weeks, but who say they would like a regular paid job, plus those who have been looking for work but who were unable to start within two weeks.
These estimates are published in the Labour Market Statistical Bulletin Historical Supplement which is available on the National Statistics website via the following link:
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Indications of the sampling variability of LFS aggregate estimates are provided in the Statistical Bulletin.
|Economically inactive, long-term sick or disabled people of working age( 1) who want a job( 2) , United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted
|(1) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.
(2) Those who had not been looking for work in the four weeks prior to interview but who said they would like a regular paid job, plus those who had been looking for work but had been unable to start within two weeks.
ONS Labour Force Survey
Mrs. May: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the time series data produced by the Office for National Statistics on the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming jobseeker's allowance before April 1997 are unavailable; what data are available on the number of young people who claimed unemployment benefits before that date; and by what mechanisms data on numbers of unemployment benefit claimants before and after April 1997 may be compared. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for what reason the time series data produced by the Office for National Statistics on the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming jobseeker's allowance before April 1997 is unavailable; what data are available on the number of young people who claimed unemployment benefits before that date; and by what mechanisms data on numbers of unemployment benefit claimants before and after April 1997 may be compared. (322105)
In October 1996 Unemployment Benefit and unemployment-related Income Support were merged into a single Jobseeker's Allowance. This introduced discontinuities into the Claimant Count series. Adjustments for discontinuities to the series were estimated by sex and by region, however, these adjustments were not further broken down to cover age and duration breakdowns. Consequently age and duration series prior to April 1997 are not consistent with series after that date.
Two of the main factors influencing the decision to not make adjustments for age and duration were the high proportion of claims for which there was no age and duration information available, around 10% of all claims in the early 1990's and the unavailability of similar breakdowns of Northern Ireland data prior to January 1996, due to the use of separate administrative systems.
Information on the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming unemployment benefits is available prior to 1997, stretching back to 1985. However, this information only covers geographic areas within Great Britain, is subject to discontinuities mentioned above, does not include clerical claims and is not available on a seasonally adjusted basis.
As a result of the adjustments mentioned above, seasonally adjusted Claimant Count series, by sex and by region, prior to April 1997 can be considered comparable with those after that date. However, detailed breakdowns, including those for age groups should only be compared in the context of the discontinuities arising from changes in administrative and benefits systems.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what liabilities the Homes and Communities Agency has in relation to rent subsidy for tenants signed up to the Rent to HomeBuy scheme for the financial year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. 
John Healey: The Homes and Communities Agency provide capital grant to support the development or acquisition of properties. The grant is paid at start on site and on completion of a scheme. No further financial liabilities exist.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many Rent to HomeBuy tenants are expected to purchase a share in their home in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate has been made of the costs of the scheme in each of those years; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1127-28W, on affordable housing: finance, whether the allocations to the Rent to HomeBuy scheme assume that 100 per cent. of tenants will purchase a share in their home. 
John Healey: The Rent to HomeBuy product is designed to assist people into homeownership and it is expected that tenants will purchase a share of their property during or at the end of the agreed intermediate period. It is recognised that some tenants' personal circumstances may mean that moving into shared ownership is not suitable for them at that time.
The HCA, based on information as at the end of February 2010, is currently forecasting expenditure on approved Rent to HomeBuy schemes in 2010-11 and 2011-12 of £52 million and £27 million respectively.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency grant for Rent to HomeBuy properties is paid (a) at the start or (b) on an ongoing basis during an intermediate rent tenancy. 
John Healey: Capital grant is provided through the National Affordable Housing Programme, for the provision of a property. Grant is paid for new build schemes in two tranches, with part of the grant paid at start on site and the remainder on completion of the scheme. Where a property is bought by or transferred to an Investment Partner as an existing unit 100 per cent. of the grant is paid on completion. There is no further grant paid after the development is complete.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1127-28W, on affordable housing: finance, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the funding allocated to Rent to HomeBuy for 2010-11 which will be used for (a) existing tenants' rent subsidies and (b) new completions. 
John Healey: The Homes and Communities Agency through their National Affordable Housing Programme funds the provision of new affordable housing units under the Rent to HomeBuy scheme. All funding in 2010-11 will be used to provide new affordable housing either through new build or acquisition. No funding through the National Affordable Housing Programme will be used for existing tenants' rent subsidies.
Mr. Ian Austin: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is aiming to create cohesive and sustainable communities including the provision of larger family sized homes. As part of the HCA's Corporate Plan we have also set them a target that 30 per cent. of their social rented homes completions through the National Affordable Housing Programme in 2009-10 should be for homes with three or more bedrooms. This target is set to increase to 33 per cent. in 2010-11.
Mr. Ian Austin: The number of affordable homes built in each year since 1997 are available on the CLG website in Live Table 1009. Statistics are not held centrally that identify which of these are 'family-sized' or occupied by families.
Information in respect of the distribution of affordable homes provided through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme by the number of bedrooms has been deposited in the Library of the
House in response to the question I answered from the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 15 March 2010, Official Report, column 667W.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to assist local authorities to increase provision of family-sized affordable homes. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The Local Authority New Build programme is providing over £500 million for the direct development of new affordable homes to rent by local authorities. Funding has now been approved to 87 local authorities to build over 4,000 homes. If all proceed to completion over 40 per cent. will be homes with three bedrooms or more.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the pathfinder areas in increasing provision of family-sized affordable homes. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The overcrowding pathfinder programme has enabled local authorities to develop effective schemes that support under-occupiers who wish to downsize and to therefore free up family-sized affordable homes.
Barbara Follett [holding answer 12 March 2010]: Since the formation of Communities and Local Government in 2006 no Ministers have met with AXA. Information prior to this is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many
properties there are in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many in each such band are (a) empty and (b) in each exemption class. 
|Council tax band
|Number of dwellings
|Long-term empty dwellings