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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The following list sets out the key performance targets that have been set for the Public Guardianship Office for 200607.
(a) To achieve 80 per cent effective visits over the year. An effective visit is one where: i. the visit is carried out within six months of the request being made; and ii. recommended action is initiated within one calendar month of the visit.
To collect 60 per cent of accounts, in all cases where an account is properly due, within two calendar months of the accounting end date; 85 per cent within four calendar months of the accounting end date; and 95 per cent within six calendar months of the accounting end date.
(b) To work with receivers to ensure they have access to funds to support the client for a year at a time. Where requests for release of funds are made over and above this, PGO will give directions to the Court Funds Office (CFO), or dispatch directions to the receiver within five working days in 80 per cent of cases and within 10 working days in 95 per cent of cases; or explain why it cannot release funds.
(c) Providing it has all the appropriate forms and information required in support of an application, PGO will list a case for hearing and notify the applicant within 10 working days in 95 per cent of cases.
(g) Where a client dies and PGO has a complete application for final directions, PGO will prepare and dispatch directions to transfer assets to personal representatives within 15 working days in 80 per cent of cases and within 20 working days in 98 per cent of cases.
The Greater London Authority transport grant for 200607 has today been determined by the Secretary of State for Transport at £2,389 million, following consultation with the Mayor of London. This is a block grant provided by the Government to Transport for London to support and improve transport services in London, including London Underground. This grant determination is based on the Government's five-year settlement for TfL which was announced in July 2004, and includes the residual £6 million which is
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the department's remaining share of the original £154 million development budget for Crossrail.
The Greater London Authority Transport Grant for 200506 has also been re-determined by the Secretary of State for Transport at £2,180.468 million. This re-determination increases the Government's grant this year to TfL by £19.453 million, and primarily reflects my department's contribution to Crossrail costs in 200506, additional funding for TfL's urban bus challenge projects in 200506, and the residual balance of the SRA's budget for the East London Line extension from 200405.
The Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): On 1 April 2006, I will launch the Tribunals Service. The new agency brings together the tribunals already administered by DCA with five others from across central government. It is the culmination of a major programme of work that has involved extensive engagement with tribunals, other government departments and stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition and minimal disruption to users. The formation of the agency is the first major shake up of the UK tribunals system for over 50 years and will ensure the manifest independence of the tribunals from those whose decisions they are reviewing.
The Tribunals Service will work to make the whole system of administrative justice more efficient, effective and accessible for users. Over time, it will test a range of methods of dispute resolution to create a service that ensures the public can get their problems addressed by the most suitable means.
|Tribunal||Key Performance Indicators||Target|
|The percentage of single employment tribunal cases where the hearing begins within 26 weeks of receipt|
|75 per cent|
|The minimum percentage of above target to be achieved by individual regional offices|
|65 per cent|
|The average time taken to issue the decision of the employment tribunal to the applicant following the tribunal hearing.|
|Employment Appeals Tribunal||The percentage of appeals listed for a first hearing within 26 weeks of receipt|
|75 per cent|
|Appeals Service||The average time from the receipt of an appeal from the original decision-making agency to the first tribunal hearing|
|The average time for a rehearing of a case returned from the Social Security Commissioner following an appeal against the original tribunal|
|Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (shared with Home Office)||The percentage of substantive asylum applications including the final appeal that is decided within six months|
|75 per cent|
|Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP)||The percentage of cases where a decision on eligibility for compensation is issued from receipt of the ready-to-list bundle provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)|
|75 per cent in 6 months 95 per cent in 12 months|
|The percentage of both eligibility and quantum (value) cases that are to be resolved within: 6 months; 12 months; and two years|
|65 per cent; 90 per cent; and 98 per cent|
|Number of appeals resolved per hearing day|
|Review Tribunal||The average time taken from the date of receipt of the application to the date when the notification of the written decision is received by the applicant for: Section 2 (Mental Health Act 1983) cases; Section 3 (Mental Health Act 1983) cases; and restricted cases|
|7 days; 5 weeks; and 14 weeks|
|Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal||The average time taken from the date of receipt of the application to the date when the notification of the written decision is received by the applicant|
|The percentage of: cases registered; case statements processed; and decisions issued within|
|10 working days|
|96 per cent; 96 per cent; and80 per cent|
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