To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of the income-based jobseeker's allowance of £64.30 per week for single adults aged 25 or over is included for utility bills. [HL1960]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Income-based jobseeker's allowance is not made up of separate amounts for specific items of expenditure such as utility bills. The Government firmly believe that beneficiaries should be free to spend their benefit as they see fit, in the light of their individual needs and preferences.
Education Maintenance Allowance
Asked by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of 16 to 18 year-olds in full-time education are in receipt of educational maintenance allowances; and how this compares with the previous two years. [HL1739]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The percentage of 16 to 18 year-olds participating in full-time education in school or college and in receipt of education maintenance allowances for the previous two years is provided in the table below. These data relate to England only. We are unable to provide data for the current academic year as we do not have the final number of recipients of education maintenance allowances or the final estimates for full-time participation at this stage of the year.
Percentage of 16 to 18 year-olds in full-time further education in receipt of EMA (all payment bands)
Percentage of 16 to 18 year-olds in full-time further education in receipt of EMA (£30 payment band)
1. 2009-10 data are not available until final EMA recipient numbers and full-time participation estimates are known.
2. Provisional official estimates of 16-18 full-time further education will be published in June 2010 as part of the Statistical First Release Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 year olds in England.
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3. Full-time further education does not include learners on the Entry to Employment (E2E) programme, which will become part of Foundation Learning at the start of 2010-11.
4. There are three payment bands for EMA, of £10 £20 or £30 a week, subject to household income.
Museums and Galleries
Asked by Lord Smith of Finsbury
To ask Her Majesty's Government in the latest year for which figures are available, how many people visited those national museums and galleries which charged for admission in 2001 and are now free. [HL2031]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The most recent figures available for the number of visits to the national museums and galleries that charged in 2001, and are now free, are listed in the table.
Imperial War Museum London
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
National Maritime Museum
National Museums Liverpool
National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI), National Railway Museum, York
NMSI, Science Museum, London
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Natural History Museum, Tring
Royal Armouries, Leeds
Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund
Asked by Lord Fearn
To ask Her Majesty's Government which projects in Merseyside received Big Lottery funding in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, and (c) 2009. [HL1992]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Big Lottery Fund has advised that it has supported projects in Merseyside for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 to the sum of £35,900,003.
A list of all projects located in Merseyside that have received funding in the requested years, and which is based on the location of the organisation delivering the project, will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. Within the information supplied in the table, there may be additional projects delivered inside the constituency but where the organisation is located outside.
The table also includes the name of the applicant, the amount awarded and the Big Lottery Fund programme.
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Asked by Lord Fearn
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many projects in Southport in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, and (c) 2009 received Big Lottery funding; of those, how many were (a) health projects, (b) education projects, (c) environmental projects, and (d) charitable projects. [HL1993]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Big Lottery Fund has advised that it has funded a total of 39 projects in the Southport constituency between the 2007 and 2009 calendar years. The total value of these awards is £968,993.
It is not always possible to categorise projects into the themes you have requested, as many large projects tend to be cross-cutting. For example the Growing Business project was awarded funding in 2007 to provide work experience centred on horticulture and environmental work for people with learning disabilities.
The Big Lottery Fund has committed to give at least 80 per cent of awards to organisations in the voluntary and community sector. Projects classified as charitable deliver a wide range of projects that can offer health, education or environmental benefits.
The table provides a list of the 39 projects based on the location of the organisation delivering the project. There may be additional projects delivered inside the constituency but where the organisation is located outside.