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Family Income (Benefits)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many children living in households with

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an income of less than 60 per cent. of the median have a parent in receipt of (a) Incapacity Benefit and (b) Severe Disablement Allowance; [144108]

Mr. Bayley: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the tables.

The number of children living in families with less than 60 per cent. median income where at least one parent is in receipt of Incapacity Benefit (IB)

Benefit (IB)Million
Before Housing Costs0.2
After Housing Costs0.2

The proportion of children, among those with at least one parent in receipt of Incapacity Benefit, living in households in which income is less than 60 per cent. of median

Benefit (IB)Percentage
Before Housing Costs35
After Housing Costs43


1. Owing to very small sample sizes, reliable population estimates based on receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance do not exist.

2. All figures are estimates and are taken from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data set which is derived from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). The FRS does not include Northern Ireland, and 1998-99 is the latest year for which data are available.

3. The estimates are sample counts, which have been adjusted for non-response using multipurpose grossing factors that control for region, Council Tax band and a number of other demographic variables. Estimates are subject to both sampling error and to variability in non-response. All numbers are rounded to the nearest 100,000 and proportions to the nearest per cent.

4. The income measure used is weekly net (disposable) equivalised household income (that is to say income that is adjusted to reflect the composition of the household).

5. For those receiving disability benefits, no allowance has been made for the extra costs that may be incurred owing to the illness or disability. In these families, the measure of income may not be such a good guide to their living standards.

6. The estimates are presented on both a Before Housing Costs (BHC) and an After Housing Costs (AHC) basis in line with HBAI conventions.


Family Resources Survey 1998-99.

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the number of children who are in families which have been dependent on income support for (a) more than one year and (b) more than two years; if he will provide separate estimates for one-parent families and two-parent families; and if he will estimate, for each family type, the number of such children who are aged (i) 0-4, (ii) 5-10, (iii) 11-15 and (iv) 16 years and above. [144363]

Mr. Bayley: The information requested is contained in the Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, August 2000, a copy of which is in the Library.

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Stakeholder Pensions

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will set out the national insurance rebate incentives for (a) providers and (b) policyholders taking out stakeholder pension products from April 2001. [143877]

Mr. Rooker: Rebates are intended to provide an amount that reflects the cost of providing the State benefits forgone when an employee contracts out of SERPS into an occupational or personal pensions. They are not designed to favour any particular method of contracting-out. The rates of rebates that will apply to stakeholder pensions and other forms of contracting-out for the April 2001-02 financial year are set out in the Orders referred to in my written answer to the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Rendel) on 11 December 2000, Official Report, column 48W.

"Do Not Redirect" Postal Service

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list those local authorities which do not operate the "do not redirect" scheme for benefit post. [143952]

Angela Eagle: According to information we have received from the Royal Mail, there are currently 50 local authorities who have not joined the "do not redirect" postal service.

The list shows the authorities that have not joined, or contacted their local Royal Mail sales centre to join, the scheme to date. The Royal Mail, in turn, depends on their local sales centres to keep them informed as authorities join up.

We believe that some of these authorities have in place arrangements with their local sorting office which fall outside the national scheme. However, we have no information on which authorities fall into this category.

We are keen to see all local authorities using the "do not redirect" scheme but recognise that the authorities themselves are best placed to take account of their specific needs and local circumstances before deciding when to take it forward.

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Personal Pensions

Mr. Butterfill: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have contracted back into SERPS from COMPS and approved personal pensions in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [144284]

Mr. Rooker: The information is in the table:

YearContracted-out money purchase schemesAppropriate personal pensions


1. Figures are rounded to nearest 1,000.

2. Information produced from the Lifetime Labour Market Database, which uses a 1 per cent. sample of National Insurance Records.


Department of Social Security Analytical Services Division

Benefit Fraud

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list those local authorities which, in the

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most recent year for which figures are available, received financial rewards under the weekly benefit savings scheme for tackling housing benefit fraud, indicating in each case the amount received. [144362]

Angela Eagle: The information is in the Library.

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will provide a breakdown by benefit of his estimated saving of £1 billion in benefit fraud by 2006. [144110]

Mr. Rooker: The public service agreement target is to reduce fraud and error in income support and jobseeker's allowance by 25 per cent. by March 2004 and halve it by March 2006.

The latest figures from the Government Statistical Service, published on 29 November, show that we have already achieved a significant reduction and are on track to meet our first milestone of reducing fraud and error in these benefits by 10 per cent. by 2002.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security which local authorities have received information from banks and other private firms since 1997 that has facilitated the prosecution of people suspected of benefit fraud; and which of these prosecutions were carried out jointly with the Benefits Agency. [143510]

Mr. Rooker: Local authorities have the power to make inquiries of employers about their employees to investigate benefit fraud. The Department does not record which local authorities have used these powers or the result of those investigations.

Powers to obtain information from banks and other specified private sector organisations on suspected fraudsters are to be introduced in the new Fraud Bill.

State Pension

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women reaching pension age in the most recent year for which figures are available had entitlement to a full basic State Pension in their own right. [144361]

Mr. Rooker: Among the half million people who most recently reached State Pension retirement age, some 81 per cent. of men and 22 per cent. of women had an entitlement to a full basic pension.

Recently retired pensioners at 31 March 2000

All casesMaleFemale
Men aged 65 and women aged 60(54) 507.8261.2246.6
With full rate of basic State Pension(54) 266.5212.354.1
Percentage with full rate basic pension52.581.322.0

(54) Thousand


1. The case count figures quoted are in thousands and are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Includes all retirement pensioners resident in Great Britain and Overseas.


5 per cent. sample from the Pension Strategy Computer System at 31 March 2000.

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