Government Departments: Databases

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1175W, on Government Departments: databases, how many central Government data centres were identified in the survey commissioned by the Chief Information Officer Council in June 2010. [107817]

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Mr Maude: 215 central Government data centres were identified in the survey commissioned by the HM Government Chief Information Office in June 2010.

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the baseline cost was for central Government data centres in 2011. [107840]

Mr Maude: As part of the government ICT strategy this information is currently being compiled.

Innovation in Giving Fund

Andrew Jones: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what awards have been made from the Innovation in Giving Fund (a) nationally and (b) in Yorkshire and the Humber in the latest period for which figures are available. [107868]

Mr Maude: To date the Innovation in Giving Fund has backed 32 innovative ideas nationally, with over £2.5 million of financial support. Details can be found on NESTA's website:

http://giving.nesta.org.uk

It is important to note that wherever projects are based, many will operate regionally or nationwide, benefiting wider areas and communities.

The second round of the fund, launched by NESTA on 23 April, will offer further opportunities for organisations from across the country.

Mitzvah Day UK

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding he has allocated to Mitzvah Day UK. [108271]

Mr Maude: In 2011-12 the Cabinet Office provided a £30,000 grant to Mitzvah Day to fund an administrator role for the ‘Year of Service' programme. This is an inter-faith series of events promoting and linking up faith-based volunteering during the Diamond Jubilee year, with nine faith communities in turn hosting a day or days of volunteering.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many quangos his Department has (a) abolished and (b) established since May 2010. [108274]

Mr Maude: While there is no formal definition of a quango, 15 Cabinet Office bodies were reviewed after May 2010. Since then the Cabinet Office has abolished seven non-departmental public bodies and two non-ministerial departments. The Cabinet Office has not established any non-departmental public bodies since May 2010.

Older People

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people aged over 60 are registered (a) sick and (b) unemployed in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures are available; [108375]

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(2) how many people aged over 60 are not registered (a) sick and (b) unemployed in England in the latest period for which figures are available. [108376]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking i) how many people aged over 60 are registered (a) sick or (b) unemployed in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures are available (108375) and ii) how many people aged over 60 are not registered (a) sick or (b) unemployed in England in the latest period for which figures are available (108376).

It is estimated from the Labour Force Survey in January to March 2012 that in England & Wales there were 115,000 people aged over 60 who were unemployed and 515,000 people economically inactive due to long-term sickness or disability. For the same period it is estimated that in England 11.1 million people aged over 60 were neither unemployed nor economically inactive due to long-term sickness or disability.

A registered count of people aged over 60 who are ‘sick' or ‘unemployed' is not available. The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of unemployment based upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) measure, that is, those who are without a job and are actively seeking employment and available to start work. It also provides estimates of people who are economically inactive, that is, people who are without a job but do not satisfy the ILO criteria to be unemployed.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Population

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the proportion of the population in each age band; and what account was taken of the effect of variant population projections on the population. [108305]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking (a) what estimate has been made of the proportion of the population in each age band; and (b) what account was taken of the effect of variant population projections on the population (108305).

Table 1 shows the percentage of the usually resident population of the UK in each age group in mid-2010. These are the latest available population estimates.

Table 1: Percentage of UK population in each age group, mid-2010
Age Percentage

All ages

100

0-4

6

5-9

6

10-14

6

15-19

6

20-24

7

25-29

7

30-34

6

35-39

7

40-44

7

45-49

7

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50-54.

6

55-59

6

60-64

6

65-69

5

70-74

4

75-79

3

80-84

2

85-89

2

90 and over

1

Sources: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The mid-2010 population estimates are based on the 2001 Census and take account of annual population change estimated using current administrative and survey data. They are estimates rather than projections and therefore no account was taken of the effect of variant population projections.

Procurement

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of his Department's expenditure on procurement has gone to small and medium-sized enterprises since May 2010. [107802]

Mr Maude: Information on the Cabinet Office's expenditure with small and medium-sized enterprises is included in the SME Progress Report and the Cabinet Office Business Plan Quarterly Data Summaries which are published on the Department's website:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/government-business-smes

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/business-plan-quarterly-data-summary

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report column 1177-8W, on the public sector: procurement, what the timetable is for each Government Department to undertake a spend recovery audit to identify overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error. [107832]

Mr Maude: For years the Government has lost billions of pounds of taxpayers' money per annum through fraud and error. My Department is determined to address this and in 2010 set up a Fraud, Error and Debt taskforce to help co-ordinate cross-government policy.

The Cabinet Office will provide support across Government to help each Department, carry out a spend recovery audit by December 2013.

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when his Department next expects to undertake a spend recovery audit to identify overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error. [107911]

Mr Maude: For years the Government has lost billions of pounds of taxpayers' money per annum through fraud, error and uncollected debt. My Department is determined to address this and in 2010 set up a Fraud, Error and Debt taskforce to co-ordinate cross-government policy.

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In line with the Government commitment to do so, the Cabinet Office will undertake and complete a spend-recovery audit by December 2013.

Recruitment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department issues guidance to Government Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on the use of name-blank CVs or application forms for recruitment. [108136]

Mr Maude: Although recruitment processes differ between Departments, Civil Service Resourcing introduced an e-recruitment system that allows Departments to “blind” sift applicants by removing protected characteristics (for example: name, age, sex) from an application form.

Risk Assessment

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what risk registers are held by the Big Lottery Fund; and if he will make a statement. [107206]

Mr Maude: The Big Lottery Fund maintains risk registers including at corporate and programme level as well as for major projects. BIG's approach to risk identification and management is guided by its risk and control framework, details of which are set out in its annual report.

Trade Unions

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies had (i) part-time and (ii) full-time paid facility time arrangements in 2011-12; [107418]

(2) how many days were utilised for paid facility time by each trade union representative in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in 2011-12; and at what cost to the public purse; [107419]

(3) how many days were utilised for paid facility time by each trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies for trade union (i) duties and (ii) activities in 2011-12; [107420]

(4) if he will place in the Library copies of the facility time agreements between trade unions and (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies; [107421]

(5) how many trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have faced disciplinary action for abusing paid facility time or public resources in each of the last five years; [107422]

(6) how many meetings have taken place between (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies and trade union representatives utilising paid facility time in each of the last five years to discuss (i) collective bargaining, (ii) redundancies, (iii) negotiations relating to employment, pay and conditions and (iv) other trade union and industrial relations duties; and what the dates and times were of each meeting; [107423]

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(7) on how many occasions trade union representatives from (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have utilised paid facility time to represent an employee at a meeting or other industrial relations matter in each of the last five years. [107424]

Mr Maude: During 2011-12 the Cabinet Office had 12 staff that were allocated part-time facility time. There were no full-time representatives. In 2011-12 the PCS had 204 paid facility time days at an estimated cost of £27,500 to the taxpayer and Prospect had 48 days at an estimated cost of £2,500. The FDA had no formal allocation of facility time during this period.

The Cabinet Office does not hold information on the proportion of time spent on duties and activities. However, it is estimated to be about 95% duties and 5% activities.

A copy of the Cabinet Office Facility Time agreement will be placed in the Library.

There have been no cases in the last five years where Cabinet Office staff representing trade unions have faced disciplinary action for abusing facility time or public resources.

The Cabinet Office management meets regularly with the unions to discuss pay, contractual terms and redundancies. There is no information held on about the amount of time spent on specific meetings. However, the majority of time was spent on formal consultation and negotiation which falls within the terms of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Cabinet Office Protocols for handling Staff in Surplus Situations.

The Government will be consulting the civil service trade unions shortly on changes to current practices around facilities time.

Veterans: Jobseeker’s Allowance

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many former service personnel were claiming jobseeker's allowance on (a) 1 January 2011, (b) 1 January 2012 and (c) 1 May 2012; [108339]

(2) how many former service personnel are claiming jobseeker's allowance; [108340]

(3) how many former service personnel have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for (a) longer than and (b) under one year. [108341]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking (1) how many former service personnel were claiming jobseeker's allowance on (a) 1 January 2011, (b) 1 January 2012 and (c) 1 May 2012; (2) how many former service personnel are claiming jobseeker's allowance and (3) how many former service personnel have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for (a) longer than and (b) under one year. (108339 & 108340 & 108341).

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. Analysis is published each month on the number of claimants of JSA by the claimant's usual occupation and sought occupation. Occupations are defined using the Standard Occupational Classification 2000.

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Table 1 shows the number, of former service personnel claiming JSA in January 2011, January 2012 and April 2012, the most recent date for which figures are available. Former service personnel has been defined as SOC 2000 usual occupations 1171 (officer in the armed forces) and 3311 (NCO's and other ranks).

Data for ‘duration of claim' are not available for the requested occupational breakdowns.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number (1) of former service personnel (2) claiming jobseeker's allowance by usual occupation
  Number

January 2011

490

January 2012

460

April 2012

455

(1) Occupation data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7% of all claims. (2) Occupation based on Standard Occupational Classification 2000:1,171 (officers in the armed forces) and 3,311 (NCOs and other ranks) Note: Data rounded to nearest 5. Source: Jobcentre Plus Administrative System

Voluntary Work: Young People

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to publish the cost per participant of the National Citizen Service in its first year. [107839]

Mr Maude: An assessment of costs, including cost per commissioned place, is covered in the evaluation report of the 2011 pilots.

The evaluation can be found at:

http://www.natcen.ac.uk/study/national-citizen-service-evaluation

A summary is available on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/new-figures-reveal-national-citizen-service-track-deliver-400-million-benefits-society-2014

Work and Pensions

Government Contracts: Political Affiliation

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed in any capacity by (i) the Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) the Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised; [107177]

(2) what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative Party and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised. [107178]

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Chris Grayling: This information is not recorded as part of the procurement process. The Department only makes grants to non-profit making organisations and not to individuals.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which individuals have been paid by his Department for consultancy or other services who were previously employed in any capacity by the (a) Conservative party or its elected representatives and (b) Liberal Democrat party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (i) cost and (ii) nature was of the services provided; and whether they were publicly advertised; [107179]

(2) which individuals have been paid by his Department for consultancy or other services who previously held an elected position as a member of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party since May 2010; what the (i) cost and (ii) nature was of the services provided; and whether they were publicly advertised. [107180]

Chris Grayling: This information is not recorded as part of the procurement process. For consultancy services, the Department contracts with the organisation rather than the individuals who work for the consultancy firm.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) job title and (b) pay band is of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who was previously employed in any capacity by the (i) Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives; and whether their position was advertised publicly. [107181]

Chris Grayling: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) complies with the Civil Service Recruitment Commissioners principles. Where DWP vacancies are filled externally to the civil service, posts are always advertised publicly. Selection for appointment is on merit and on the basis of fair and open competition.

The DWP does not require those recruited to complete a full employment history and only asks applicants to provide details of their current and three previous employment positions.

The DWP does not specifically record details of those who have been recruited who were previously employed in any capacity by any political party.

Therefore the information requested is not available from departmental records.

Departmental Staff: Political Affiliation

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) job title and (b) pay band is of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative Party and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party; and whether their position was advertised publicly. [107182]

Chris Grayling: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) complies with the Civil Service Recruitment Commissioners principles. Where DWP vacancies are filled externally to the civil service, posts are always

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advertised publicly. Selection for appointment is on merit and on the basis of fair and open competition.

The DWP does not require applicants to state if they have previously held an elected position as a member of any political party.

Therefore the information requested is not available form departmental records.

Consultants

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 650W, what payments were made to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (b) CAP-Gemini. [108659]

Chris Grayling: Due to the length of time since the management consultants were engaged and payments were made, it would be disproportionately expensive to research and recover the information requested.

Crisis Loans: Leicester

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans were provided to people living in (a) Leicester South constituency and (b) Leicester in each of the last five years. [108374]

Steve Webb: The Leicester South parliamentary constituency and Leicester are both covered by the south east midlands social fund budget area. The following table provides the figures on the number of social fund crisis loan applications and awards for the last five years:

C risis loan applications and awards for the south east midlands social fund budget area, 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accounting year Applications (number) Awards (number) Success rate (%)

2007-08

61,240

36,450

59.5

2008-09

77,210

49,680

64.3

2009-10

103,690

77,830

75.1

2010-11

109,020

84,610

77.6

2011-12

85,920

67,340

78.4

Notes: 1. The information provided is management information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using official/national statistics but in this case we only have management information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as official/national statistics and there are some issues with the data, for example, these amounts do not include expenditure on applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the social fund computer system. 2. Data on budgeting loans and crisis loans is not held by parliamentary constituency but by Jobcentre Plus social fund budget area. The social fund budget area information provided will also cover other parliamentary constituencies. 3. All of the figures relate to applications and awards, not people. Individuals can apply for and receive more than one social fund loan in any given year. 4. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Employment and Support Allowance

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many errors in the award or refusal of employment support allowance have been identified in the last 12 months in (a) England, (b) Cheshire, (c) Merseyside and (d) Halton district. [108439]

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Chris Grayling: I confirm that the information requested is currently unavailable. The Department has implemented a programme to measure the levels of official error in ESA; publication of the first report is anticipated for May 2013. This will provide information regarding the monetary value of over and underpayment at the national level and not constituency/local level.

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of appeals against refusals of employment and support allowance were upheld in Halton district in the 2011-12 financial year. [108440]

Chris Grayling: The following table shows the number and proportion of appeals against fit for work decisions made by new employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants in Halton local authority (LA). Note that these figures refer to claimants who started their claim between February 2010 and February 2011 as the period requested is not available. The figures presented refer to appeal outcomes for the latest available full year.

ESA appeal outcomes in Halton, claims starting February 2010 to February 2011
  Appeal outcomes against fit for work decisions in Halton LA
  Appeal successful Decision upheld

Number of cases

90

220

Proportion (%)

30

70

Notes: 1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 cases or percentage point. 2. This information is taken from administrative data held by the Department for Work and Pensions, assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare and appeals data provided by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service. 3. The figures in the above tables represent people that have made a claim for ESA and do not include those moving to ESA as part of the incapacity benefits reassessment programme.

Employment Schemes

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to allow volunteers on the Work programme to choose to which provider they are referred. [108120]

Chris Grayling: Individuals are randomly allocated to work providers to ensure that each provider has an equal share of participants, and provide a firm basis for drawing relative performance judgments. For this reason, it is not possible for claimants to choose their Work programme provider.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus staff have flexibility in determining which Work programme prime contractor a claimant is referred to; and if he will make a statement. [108121]

Chris Grayling: The claimant is randomly allocated to Work programme prime contractors by the Labour Market System and not by Jobcentre Plus advisers.

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Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to ensure lone parents with children aged under 13 are not required to attend Work programme appointments outside of school hours. [108229]

Chris Grayling: When a lone parent with a child under 13 is referred to the Work programme Jobcentre Plus will notify the provider of any restrictions on the hours they can attend appointments.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any lone parents on the Work programme have been sanctioned for refusing appointments or training at unsuitable times. [108230]

Chris Grayling: Information on sanction decisions by client group is not available.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Bristol have joined the Work programme since June 2010; and what proportion of these have found employment. [108231]

Chris Grayling: Official statistics on referrals and attachments to the Work programme were released on 9 May and are available at the following website:

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=tabtool

The Department aims to publish official statistics on Work programme job outcomes in autumn 2012 and it is intended that these figures will include a local authority and lone parent status breakdown.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which specialist subcontractors have provided services to lone parents on the Work programme in Bristol to date. [108232]

Chris Grayling: The data collected about Work programme supply chains do not enable an analysis of referrals to specialist subcontractors delivering support to lone parents. The Department has no plans to collect these data.

The most recent official statistics on referrals and attachments to the Work programme were released on 21 February 2012 and are available on the Department's website:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=wp

Employment Schemes: Veterans

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is

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taking to support former service personnel disabled as a result of their service. [108700]

Maria Miller: Through the Armed Forces Covenant, the Government has pledged that those who serve in the armed forces should face no disadvantage in the provision of public services. DWP is fully committed to upholding the Covenant and supporting service personnel, their families and veterans.

Serving and ex-serving personnel disabled as a result of service have access to a range of welfare benefits and support services, including benefits which reflect the additional costs arising from disability.

Veterans injured as a result of their service face particular problems. We are looking at whether we can simplify and streamline the support system for the most severely injured veterans.

Injured service personnel may also be eligible for a guaranteed income payment or a compensation payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, or a War Pension, which are administered by the Ministry of Defence.

Employment Schemes: Young People

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many businesses in (a) Dartford constituency, (b) Kent, (c) the South East and (d) England have entered the Youth Contract programme; and how many people in each area have found employment through the programme. [108552]

Chris Grayling: The specific information requested is not available.

Employers engage with us in a variety of ways and we are maximising every contact to promote the Youth Contract to ensure that we can provide close to half a million new opportunities for young people.

Pensioners: Income

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average gross income of pensioners was in each of the last 30 years; and what proportion comprised (a) benefits, (b) occupational pension, (c) returns on investments, (d) earnings and (e) other income in each year. [108297]

Steve Webb: The following table provides the average gross equivalised income of pensioners, including what proportion comprised (a) benefits, (b) occupational pension, (c) returns on investments, (d) earnings and (e) other income, in 2009-10 prices, for all available years. Analysis is for pensioner benefit units, defined as either single pensioners or pensioner couples. This analysis does not include incomes from others in a household.

      Proportion (percentage) of gross income made up by income from:
Source Year Mean gross income (£ per week, 2009-10 prices) Benefits Occupational pensions Investments Earnings Other income (including personal pensions)

FES(1)

1979

171

61

16

11

12

1

 

1981

183

61

16

13

9

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1987

228

54

22

18

6

1

 

1988

237

51

23

17

8

 

1989

231

52

22

18

8

 

1990-91

247

50

22

20

7

1

 

1992

258

50

24

20

6

1

 

1993

256

53

25

16

6

               

FRS(2)

1994-95

283

48

25

12

13

2

 

1995-96

278

50

25

11

12

2

 

1996-97

296

48

26

11

14

2

 

1997-98

301

47

26

11

14

2

 

1998-99

314

46

26

12

14

2

 

1999-2000

320

47

25

11

14

3

 

2000-01

340

45

26

11

14

3

 

2001-02

353

46

26

10

15

3

 

2002-03

354

47

26

8

16

4

 

2003-04

372

45

26

9

17

4

 

2004-05

385

45

26

9

16

4

 

2005-06

390

45

25

9

16

4

 

2006-07

393

44

25

10

17

4

 

2007-08

402

42

24

11

18

4

 

2008-09

408

43

24

9

19

4

 

2009-10

442

42

25

8

20

5

(1) Family Expenditure Survey. (2) Family Resources Survey. Notes: 1. These statistics are based on Pensioners' Income Series (PI) data sourced from the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and the Family Resources Survey (FRS). 2. The reference period for FRS-based PI figures is the financial year. FRS-based estimates are not available before 1994-95. FES-based PI data is based on calendar years. Data are presented for available years. The years presented correspond to publications that have correct data and where we have spent the time in ensuring income definitions, etc. are consistent. 3. Older data are sourced from the FES. The two surveys have different response rates and response profiles, and there are some definitional differences in the data that are collected. Because of these differences, direct comparisons between results from the FES and FRS should not normally be made. 4. Gross incomes have been used to answer the question. This includes earnings from employment and self-employment, state support, income from occupational and private pensions, investment income and other sources. 5. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 6. Weekly incomes have been rounded to the nearest pound. Proportions of gross income have been rounded to the nearest percentage point. 7. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 8. FES-sourced figures are for the United Kingdom and FRS-sourced figures are for Great Britain up to 2001-02 and for the United Kingdom from 2002-03. 9. It was announced in May that the 2009-10 results will be revised when the 2010-11 results come out. See the DWP PI website for further information. Source: Pensioners' Incomes Series 2009-10

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the real terms growth was in weekly median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the net income distribution for (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in each of the last 30 years. [108298]

Steve Webb: The following tables provide the weekly median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the income distribution, for both (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples, on both a Before Housing Costs (BHC) and After Housing Costs (AHC) basis, for all available periods in 2009-10 prices. Analysis is for pensioner benefit units, defined as either single pensioners or pensioner couples. This analysis does not include incomes from others in a household.

Please note that because quintile figures are presented as three-year averages, a percentage change between each year is not available. Due to even smaller sample sizes on the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) it is not possible to provide information on quintiles of the income distribution from the FES. Therefore it is only possible to present data back to 1994-95, the period covered by the Family Resources Survey.

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(a) Table 1: Before Housing Costs (BHC) median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the BHC income distribution for single pensioners for available periods, 2009-10 prices
£ per week
  Quintiles of the income distribution (£)
Period Bottom quintile Second quintile Middle quintile Fourth quintile Fifth quintile

1994-95 to 1996-97

91

122

146

178

264

1995-96 to 1997-98

92

125

150

185

272

1996-97 to 1998-99

92

127

153

191

281

1997-98 to 1999-00

94

130

157

197

292

1998-99 to 2000-01

97

135

162

204

301

1999-2000 to 2001-02

102

140

170

212

310

2000-01 to 2002-03

106

146

177

219

316

2001-02 to 2003-04

110

150

183

225

322

2002-03 to 2004-05

113

154

188

231

331

2003-04 to 2005-06

115

158

193

238

342

2004-05 to 2006-07

114

160

197

243

349

2005-06 to 2007-08

112

160

199

245

352

2006-07 to 2008-09

113

162

201

250

355

2007-08 to 2009-10

118

167

208

259

367

(b) Table 2: Before Housing Costs (BHC) median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the BHC income distribution for pensioner couples for available periods, 2009-10 prices
£ per week
  Quintiles of the income distribution (£)
Period Bottom quintile Second quintile Middle quintile Fourth quintile Fifth quintile

1994-95 to 1996-97

163

214

270

358

580

1995-96 to 1997-98

164

218

276

365

597

1996-97 to 1998-99

166

223

284

377

614

1997-98 to 1999-00

167

227

289

383

621

1998-99 to 2000-01

172

234

297

394

629

1999-2000 to 2001-02

179

242

306

403

640

2000-01 to 2002-03

185

250

315

412

656

2001-02 to 2003-04

190

257

323

420

666

2002-03 to 2004-05

194

264

333

432

683

2003-04 to 2005-06

199

272

343

445

695

^004-05 to 2006-07

199

276

351

457

716

2005-06 to 2007-08

199

279

358

465

735

2006-07 to 2008-09

198

282

365

479

758

2007-08 to 2009-10

205

293

376

495

776

(a) Table 3: After Housing Costs (AHC) median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the AHC income distribution for single pensioners for available periods, 2009-10 prices
£ per week
  Quintiles of the income distribution (£)
Period Bottom quintile Second quintile Middle quintile Fourth quintile Fifth quintile

1994-95 to 1996-97

66

86

100

143

230

1995-96 to 1997-98

68

88

104

150

237

1996-97 to 1998-99

70

89

109

158

246

1997-98 to 1999-00

72

92

115

165

258

1998-99 to 2000-01

76

96

123

172

268

1999-2000 to 2001-02

80

104

131

181

278

2000-01 to 2002-03

85

111

138

189

283

2001-02 to 2003-04

89

118

144

194

291

2002-03 to 2004-05

93

124

151

202

303

2003-04 to 2005-06

94

129

159

211

319

2004-05 to 2006-07

95

132

164

219

327

2005-06 to 2007-08

93

133

167

224

336

2006-07 to 2008-09

93

134

170

228

338

2007-08 to 2009-10

95

137

175

235

348

(b) Table 4: After Housing Costs (AHC) median net income of pensioner units in each quintile of the AHC income distribution for pensioner couples for available periods, 2009-10 prices
£ per week
  Quintiles of the income distribution (£)
Period Bottom quintile Second quintile Middle quintile Fourth quintile Fifth quintile

1994-95 to 1996-97

132

177

234

325

534

1995-96 to 1997-98

133

181

240

333

552

1996-97 to 1998-99

134

188

250

346

571

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1997-98 to 1999-00

137

193

257

353

579

1998-99 to 2000-01

143

202

268

366

593

1999-2000 to 2001-02

152

211

277

376

607

2000-01 to 2002-03

159

219

287

388

626

2001-02 to 2003-04

166

228

296

398

639

2002-03 to 2004-05

173

239

309

413

660

2003-04 to 2005-06

180

250

322

431

679

2004-05 to 2006-07

182

255

333

446

707

2005-06 to 2007-08

182

260

343

458

730

2006-07 to 2008-09

181

265

351

472

751

2007-08 to 2009-10

185

274

360

485

762

Notes: 1. These statistics are based on Pensioners' Income Series (PI) data sourced from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). 2. Net disposable incomes have been used to answer the question. This includes earnings from employment and self-employment, state support, income from occupational and private pensions, investment income and other sources. Income tax payments, national insurance contributions, council tax/domestic rates and some other payments are deducted from incomes. Figures have been presented on a Before Housing Cost and an After Housing Cost basis. For Before Housing Costs, housing costs are not deducted from income, while for After Housing Costs they are. 3. Estimates show medians of unequivalised net income for each quintile of the unequivalised net income distribution. 4. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 5. The reference period for FRS-based PI figures is the financial year. Three survey years have been combined because single year estimates are not considered to be sufficiently reliable. Data are presented for available periods. 6. Weekly incomes have been rounded to the nearest £. 7. Figures are for Great Britain up to 2001-02 and for the United Kingdom from 2002-03. 8. Please note that because figures are presented as three-year averages, a percentage change between each year is not available. 9. It was announced in May that the 2009-10 results will be revised when the 2010-11 results come out. See the DWP PI website for further information. Source: Pensioners' Incomes Series 2009-10

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of pensioners were in receipt of occupational pension income in each of the last 30 years; [108302]

(2) what the (a) mean and (b) median amount of occupational pension income was received by those with entitlement in today's prices in each of the last 30 years. [108303]

Steve Webb: As these two questions are related, the following table provides the answer to both questions for available years. Analysis is for pensioner benefit units, defined as either single pensioners or pensioner couples. This analysis does not include incomes from others in a household.

The following table provides the proportion of pensioners in receipt of occupational pension income in each of the last 30 years, and the (a) mean and (b) median amount of occupational pension income received, in 2009-10 prices, for all available years.

      Amount (£ per week, 2009-10 prices)
    Proportion of pensioners in receipt of occupational pension (percentage) Mean Median

FES(1)

1979

40

68

33

 

1981

43

69

34

 

1987

51

97

50

 

1988

50

110

53

 

1989

53

96

51

 

1990-91

54

101

51

 

1992

56

110

58

 

1993

57

111

58

         

FRS(2)

1994-95

57

124

68

 

1995-96

58

123

66

 

1996-97

59

127

72

 

1997-98

59

131

77

 

1998-99

59

137

76

 

1999-2000

59

139

80

 

2000-01

59

149

86

 

2001-02

59

152

91

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2002-03

59

152

92

 

2003-04

60

161

96

 

2004-05

60

167

104

 

2005-06

59

163

99

 

2006-07

59

168

106

 

2007-08

59

165

103

 

2008-09

59

169

104

 

2009-10

61

184

116

(1) Source—Family Expenditure Survey (2) Source—Family Resources Survey Notes: 1. These statistics are based on Pensioners' Income Series (PI) data sourced from the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and the Family Resources Survey (FRS). 2. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by, sampling error and variability in non-response. 3. The reference period for FRS-based PI figures is the financial year. FRS-based estimates are not available before 1994-95. FES-based PI data is based on calendar years. Data is presented for available years. The years presented correspond to publications that have correct data and where we have spent the time in ensuring income definitions, etc, are consistent. 4. Proportions of pensioners have been rounded to the nearest percentage point. Weekly occupational pension incomes have been rounded to the nearest £. 5. Older data is sourced from the FES. The two surveys have different response rates and response profiles, and there are some definitional differences in the data that are collected. Because of these differences, direct comparisons between results from the FES and FRS should not normally be made. 6. FES-sourced figures are for the United Kingdom and FRS-sourced figures are for Great Britain up to 2001 -02 and for the United Kingdom from 2002-03. 7. It was announced in May that the 2009-10 results will be revised when the 2010-11 results come out. See the DWP PI website for further information. Source: Pensioners' Incomes Series 2009-10

Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner benefit units were receiving, or entitled to but not receiving, means-tested benefits in each of the last 30 years. [108299]

Steve Webb: The following tables show how many pensioner benefit units were receiving, or entitled to but not receiving, the following means-tested benefits:

income support (1990 to 1998-99);

minimum income guarantee (1999-2000 to 2003-04);

pension credit (2003-04 to 2009-10);

housing benefit (1990 to 2009-10); and

council tax benefit (1993-94 to 2009-10).

Due to the uncertainty around take-up, a range is provided for the number of pensioner benefit units that are entitled non-recipients.

Consistent information for pensioner benefit units before 1990 is not available.

Income support for pensioners
Thousand
  Recipients Entitled non-recipients range

1990

1,550

530:890

1991

1,430

410:700

1992

1,570

480:860

1993-94

1,540

580:840

1994-95

1,580

810:1,100

1995-96

1,580

800:1,070

1996-97

1,510

500:760

1997-98

1,470

330:730

1998-99

1,410

330:670

Minimum income guarantee
Thousand
  Recipients Entitled non-recipients range

1999-2000

1,390

390:770

2000-01

1,430

450:670

2001-02

1,520

600:870

2002-03

1,600

570:960

2003-04

1,670

580:1,020

Pension credit
Thousand
  Recipients Entitled non-recipients range

2003-04

2,490

1,260:1,840

2004-05

2,570

1,140:1,630

2005-06

2,600

1,170:1,740

2006-07

2,620

1,180:1,730

2007-08

2,630

1,110:1,710

2008-09

2,610

910:1,520

2009-10

2,620

1,210:1,580

Housing benefit for pensioners
Thousand
  Recipients Entitled non-recipients range

1990

2,220

250:350

1991

2,050

100:290

1992

1,960

260:340

1993-94

2,000

160:300

1994-95

1,960

180:320

1995-96

1,940

230:320

1996-97

1,900

20:250

1997-98

1,830

80:260

1998-99

1,820

80:220

1999-2000

1,740

120:300

2000-01

1,660

110:270

2001-02

1,640

180:340

2002-03

1,620

180:320

2003-04

1,600

210:360

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2004-05

1,610

230:380

2005-06

1,620

200:310

2006-07

1,590

200:350

2007-08

1,560

210:380

2008-09

1,510

240:410

2009-10

1,480

240:390

Council tax benefit for pensioners
Thousand
  Recipients Entitled non-recipients range

1993-94

2,840

890:1,420

1994-95

2,780

1,110:1,660

1995-96

2,770

950:1,420

1996-97

2,680

690:1,240

1997-98

2,600

900:1,170

1998-99

2,580

920:1,220

1999-2000

2,480

1,040:1,390

2000-01

2,360

1,100:1,430

2001-02

2,370

1,410:1,760

2002-03

2,350

1,460:1,820

2003-04

2,380

1,670:2,070

2004-05

2,490

1,820:2,230

2005-06

2,580

1,710:2,150

2006-07

2,610

1,680:2,140

2007-08

2,610

1,780:2,310

2008-09

2,520

1,530:2,020

2009-10

2,590

1,690:2,230

Notes: 1. Since 1990 there have been numerous changes to the methodology of calculating take-up. As a result, figures for entitled non-recipients are not based on a consistent methodology over time. 2. The number of entitled non-recipients is often revised a year after initial publication. The figures quoted in the tables above use the last published figures. 3. Data from 1990 to 1992 are based on the Family Expenditure Survey (FES). Data from 1993-94 are based on the Family Resource Survey (FRS). Both data sources may not be consistent with published administrative data. 4. Income support was paid from 11 April 1988; minimum income guarantee was paid from 12 April 1999; pension credit was introduced on 6 October 2003. 5. Pension credit figures include the guaranteed element and savings credit. Source: DWP—Income Related Benefits: Estimates of Take-up http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/income_analysis/index.php?page=publications

Pensioners: Personal Savings

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the effective marginal tax rates were on pension savings of pensioners (a) on income support, (b) on housing benefit and council tax benefit, but not income support, (c) on council tax benefit, but not housing benefit or income support, (d) not paying tax and not on benefits and (e) paying tax and not on benefits by marginal rate of income tax in each of the last 30 years. [108301]

Steve Webb: The information is not available.

Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of visually-impaired people resident in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency; and what proportion of these will be eligible for the personal independence payment. [108351]

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Maria Miller: There are 130 people claiming disability living allowance in Kilmarnock and Loudoun with “blindness” as their main disabling condition. Ninety of these claimants are aged between 16 and 64 and therefore would be in scope to be reassessed for personal independence payment.

Through the introduction of PIP we expect the number of 16 to 64-year-olds to be claiming the benefit by 2015-16 to be 1.7 million. Without reform we would expect 2.2 million 16 to 64-year-olds to be claiming disability living allowance at that time. However, it is not possible to break this impact down to smaller geographies or specific conditions.

The personal independence payment is being designed to ensure that those who face the greatest barriers to living an independent life will be in receipt of the right level of support that recognises the individual's needs. Therefore entitlement to the personal independence payment will be based on the extent to which an individual's health condition or impairment affects their day-to-day life, not on the nature of the health condition itself.

We have already made substantial changes to the proposed assessment as a direct result of comments raised by visual impairment organisations such as RNIB—for example, on how we assess communication needs.

But the assessment has not yet been finalised and we continue to work with these organisations to discuss how it can be further improved. If we need to make more changes to ensure the assessment fairly reflects the needs of blind and partially sighted people, we will do so.

Post Office Card Account

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Post Office card accounts receive payments in respect of benefits which will be integrated into universal credit from October 2013. [108419]

Chris Grayling: There are currently around 750,000 working age claimants receiving DWP benefits into a Post Office card account.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that universal credit will be paid into post office card accounts (POCAs) from October 2013; what estimate he has made of the number of POCAs which will be receiving universal credit payments by April 2014; and if he will make a statement. [108420]

Chris Grayling: No decision has yet been made about whether claimants will be able to choose to have universal credit paid into post office card accounts and no estimate has been made of the number of claimants who might make that choice.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to migrate current users of post office card accounts to mainstream bank accounts; and if he will make a statement. [108422]

Steve Webb: The post office card account contract let by DWP in October 2009 included commercial incentives for Post Office Ltd (POL) to migrate 700,000 users of

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post office card accounts to mainstream bank accounts, including those that may be offered by the post office in the future. The contract expires in March 2015, with an option to extend for two years.

Social Fund: Scotland

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding he plans to allocate to the Scottish Government for the aspects of the social fund which will be devolved; according to what criteria this sum will be calculated; when the sum will be calculated in each year; and when the payment will be made in each year. [107025]

Steve Webb: For the current spending review period the Department for Work and Pensions has been allocated £178 million per annum for the discretionary social fund for Great Britain. This funding will form the programme funding for the new local services that will be in place from April 2013. It will be apportioned nationally between Scotland, England and Wales. Scotland's share will be approximately £25 million.

The Department is basing its allocations on the equivalent social fund spend for 2012-13. Spend on the crisis loan

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element of the discretionary social fund is being managed down to 2005-06 levels, and on the current profile we will reduce expenditure to this level by end 2012-13.

The Department is currently undertaking the financial modelling to finalise the amounts to be allocated to the devolved Administrations (as well as for each upper tier English local authority) and the indicative amount will be outlined in a settlement letter which is due to be sent out in June. The amount to be transferred will be fixed for the next two years of the comprehensive spending review.

Discussions are still ongoing with HMT to finalise the precise payment arrangements and dates.

Social Security Benefits

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the weekly rate of the (a) minimum income guarantee and (b) basic state retirement pension was in each of the last 30 years. [108304]

Steve Webb: The information requested is in the following table:

Weekly rate (£)
  Supplementary benefit/MIG/pension credit Basic state pension
  Single person Couple Single person Couple (1)

November 1983

34.10

54.55

34.05

54.50

November 1984

35.70

57.10

35.80

57.30

November 1985

37.50

60.00

38.30

61.30

July 1986

37.90

60.65

38.70

61.95

April 1987

38.65

61.85

39.50

63.25

April 1988

44.05

67.70

41.15

65.90

April 1989

46.10

71.85

43.60

69.80

April 1990

48.50

75.55

46.90

75.10

April 1991

53.40

83.15

52.00

83.25

April 1992

57.15

88.95

54.15

86.70

April 1993

61.30

95.25

56.10

89.80

April 1994

63.95

99.25

57.60

92.10

April 1995

65.10

101.05

58.85

94.10

April 1996

67.05

104.10

61.15

97.75

April 1997

68.80

106.80

62.45

99.80

April 1998

70.45

109.35

64.70

103.40

April 1999

75.00

116.60

66.75

106.70

April 2000

78.45

121.95

67.50

107.90

April 2001

92.15

140.55

72.50

115.90

April 2002

98.15

149.80

75.50

120.70

April 2003

102.10

155.80

77.45

123.80

April 2004

105.45

160.95

79.60

127.25

April 2005

109.45

167.05

82.05

131.20

April 2006

114.05

174.05

84.25

134.75

April 2007

119.05

181.70

87.30

139.60

April 2008

124.05

189.35

90.70

145.05

April 2009

130.00

198.45

95.25

152.30

April 2010

132.60

202.40

97.65

156.15

April 2011

137.35

209.70

102.15

163.35

April 2012

142.70

217.90

107.45

171.95

(1) This includes the extra payment a married couple would receive if the wife's pension were based on her husband's contributions. (The married couple will receive twice the pension of a single person, if both individuals were entitled to full pensions). Note: Supplementary benefit was first paid on 28 November 1966. Income support was paid from 11 April 1988; minimum income guarantee was paid from 12 April 1999; pension credit was introduced on 6 October 2003.