Schools: Discipline

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he intends to take to ensure local councils can take action to prevent disparity in the numbers of pupils with behavioural difficulties in maintained and non-maintained schools. [108668]

Sarah Teather [holding answer 23 May 2012]: All local authorities must agree and operate a fair access protocol which provides a transparent and locally agreed process for securing school places outside of the normal admissions round. All maintained schools and academies must participate in the protocol for their area. These protocols are designed to ensure that access to suitable education is found quickly for those children who are unable to secure a school place and that all schools in an area admit their fair share of children with challenging behaviour.

Local authorities have specific statutory duties to arrange a suitable school place for all pupils with a statement of special educational needs, taking into account parental preferences and representations as to the school which is named in the statement.

Students: Finance

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of eligible students in (a) England and (b) Birmingham have received the minimum guaranteed bursary in each year since 2010. [115035]

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Mr Gibb [holding answer 3 July 2012]:The 16-19 Bursary Fund, which provides financial support for disadvantaged young people in further education and training, commenced at the beginning of the 2011/12 academic year. Data on the number of £1,200 bursaries awarded during the current year are not available. Provided the necessary regulations are put in place, mandatory data collections will take place from 2012-13 onwards.

Young People: Social Problems

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what work his Department has done to assess educational programmes designed to help young people develop the skills necessary to resist involvement in risky behaviour; and what plans he has to promote such programmes. [114444]

Sarah Teather: The Department is working with the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) to build a repository of quality assured studies on services and programmes that support the development of young people. Among other themes, it includes studies that are aimed at preventing risky behaviour and promoting good behaviour among adolescents, teenagers and young adults.

The repository is a key element of the Department’s work to help demonstrate more effectively the value of youth development programmes and services from a range of stakeholders, including those charged with providing or commissioning services. The repository is available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/centres/caytRepPublications

Four of the first programmes to be assessed by CAYT, which are related to the prevention of alcohol misuse, will be publicised via the Public Health Responsibility Deal networks.

Work and Pensions

Employment and Support Allowance

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to pay Mr John Davies, a constituent of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, the sum ordered to be paid to him by the employment and support allowance tribunal on 27 February 2012. [115438]

Chris Grayling: I will write separately to the right hon. Member concerning his constituent.

Housing Benefit

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of households that will be affected by the housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. [114625]

Steve Webb: The introduction of the social sector size criteria measure is likely to affect an estimated 660,000 working age housing benefit claimants living in the social rented sector in Great Britain at the time of its introduction in 2013/14.

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This estimate is contained in the impact assessment of the housing benefit change, which was updated on 28 June 2012 to coincide with the laying of the associated draft regulations. The impact assessment can be found at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011-ia.pdf

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many families received housing benefit in excess of (a) £30,000 and (b) £40,000 in the last year for which figures are available; [114669]

(2) how many families received housing benefit in excess of £50,000 in the last year for which figures are available. [114670]

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

Housing benefit (HB) recipients by average yearly award—Great Britain
 March 2011March 2012

All HB

4,869,040

5,014,650

In excess of £30,000

2,170

1,380

In excess of £40,000

450

360

In excess of £50,000

160

110

Notes: 1. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 2. Components may not sum to total due to independent rounding. 3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 4. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. The data are available monthly from November 2008 and March 2012 is the latest available. Methodology: Data are collected on a monthly basis and released as the Single Housing Benefit Extract 100% level data (SHBE). This provides the weekly housing benefit amount for each individual household. The annualised amounts are then calculated by multiplying by 52.18. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract 100% individual level data (SHBE) March 2011 and March 2012.

Housing Benefit: East Lothian

Fiona O'Donnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many under 25 year-olds in receipt of housing benefit in East Lothian constituency are also in receipt of jobseeker's allowance. [114921]

Steve Webb: Information is not readily available for housing benefit recipients aged under 25 at parliamentary constituency level, and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Housing Benefit: Lone Parents

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit recipients who are in employment are lone parents. [114612]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

The economic status of all housing benefit (HB) recipients is not available. Information is only available for those HB recipients whose claim is not passported: that is for those who do not receive either income support, jobseeker’s allowance (income-based), employment

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and support allowance (income-based), or pension credit (guaranteed credit). A small proportion of the passported cases will be in part-time employment.

The available information is shown in the following table.

Housing benefit recipients, non-passported, in employment by family type, Great Britain—March 2012
  Of which: are single, with child dependant(s)
 All employedCase loadProportion (percentage)

Total

882,890

360,840

40.9

Notes: 1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 3. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data aree available monthly from November 2008 and March 2012 is the most recent available. 4. Passported status does not include recipients with unknown passported status. These data refer to people receiving housing benefit not in receipt of a passported benefit and are recorded as being in employment if their local authority has recorded employment income from either the main claimant, or partner of claimant (if applicable), in calculating the housing benefit award. People receiving passported benefits who are working part-time cannot be identified and are therefore not included in this analysis. 5. Case load is rounded to the nearest 10; proportion to one decimal place. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).

Independent Living Fund

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he proposes that the consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund will be held. [111383]

Maria Miller: In a written statement on 5 December 2011, Official Report column 8WS, I announced that the Government would consult on future support arrangements for ILF users in spring 2012, alongside the publication of the planned White Paper on the future of care and support in England.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Wales

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in 18 to 24-year-olds in Vale of Clwyd constituency claiming jobseeker's allowance for 12 months or more. [115181]

Chris Grayling: No specific assessment has been made of the Vale of Clwyd but it is likely to have been affected by the same factors that are driving the national trend. Under previous policies young people were required to move off jobseeker's allowance before they reached 12 months, either to a training allowance or temporary job. Those who later came back to JSA were counted as newly unemployed and this had the effect of holding the number of long duration claims at a much lower level than would have been the case given natural off-flow rates.

Now individuals taking up work experience opportunities or entering the Work programme remain on JSA until they find a regular job. As their claim is not broken artificially, more young people are staying on JSA and moving into longer durations and the number claiming for 12 months or more is rising. In reality, however, the figures are more closely reflecting the true level of long-term unemployment.

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Taking account of the changes in the way people are counted, nationally the number of 18 to 24-year-olds either on JSA or another form of temporary support is slightly lower now than it was two years ago. Within this there has been a rise in the number on JSA for 12 months or more, as people are no longer moved off benefit automatically. But this has been more than offset by: a fall in the number of short-duration JSA claims, as fewer people are being re-cycled back onto the claimant count; and a fall in the number of people recorded separately because they are on a training allowance or in a temporary job.

Mortgages: Government Assistance

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to announce his decision on whether support for mortgage interest, including the current capital limit and waiting period, will be retained beyond January 2012. [114999]

Steve Webb: The Government announced at Budget 2011 that the temporary measures related to the capital limit and waiting period for mortgage interest would be extended until January 2013.

Remploy

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Wansbeck (Ian Lavery) of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 12, on Remploy, which social enterprise organisations he has met in Wales. [115010]

Maria Miller: Since the beginning of 2012, specifically in Wales, I have visited the Porth Remploy factory, Cardiff Remploy Employment Services and Disability Wales.

Social Security Benefits

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the working age population has been on out of work benefits in each year since 2004. [115458]

Chris Grayling: Statistics on the proportion of the working age population on out of work benefits in each year from 2004 to 2010 are available on the Department's website at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Further guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/espa.pdf

Social Security Benefits: Barnsley

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families in Barnsley Central constituency claim housing benefit; and how many such people claim less than £20,000 per annum. [115327]

Steve Webb: Statistics on the number of housing benefit recipients in Barnsley Central constituency are published on the Department's website at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/hb_ctb_parlc_jan11.xls

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Information on how many housing benefit recipients in Barnsley Central constituency who claim less than £20,000 per annum is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Barnsley Central constituency claim disability benefit; and how many such people claim less than £30,000 per annum. [115328]

Maria Miller: Statistics on caseloads and average weekly amounts of benefit for attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit/severe disability allowance and employment and support allowance claimants in the Barnsley Central parliamentary constituency are published on the Department's website at:

http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html

Information on how many attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit/severe disability allowance and employment and support allowance claimants in Barnsley Central parliamentary constituency who claim less than £30,000 per annum is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Universal Credit

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his letter to local authority chief executives on planning for welfare reform, which universal credit claimants he expects to continue to need face-to-face assistance. [115440]

Chris Grayling: Universal credit (UC) claimants with work-related requirements will be expected to attend the UC face-to-face service to access work support. In addition, we anticipate that some claimants who have particularly complex circumstances or particular needs will need face-to-face support.

Work Capability Assessment: Recordings

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have requested that their work capability assessments should be recorded in each of the last 12 months. [115439]

Chris Grayling: The Department is currently negotiating with Atos Healthcare to agree what contractual information will be required to monitor uptake of recordings.

In the interim, departmental officials have asked Atos Healthcare to accommodate requests for recordings where the claimant requests in advance of their assessment.

Wales

Child Benefit

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many families in Wales will (a) no longer be eligible for and (b) receive a reduced level of child benefit as a result of changes proposed by the Government. [114962]

Mr Gauke: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

This information is not available at the regional level.