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Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the level of in- patient care for those spending over a year in mental health hospitals above the present weekly allowance. 
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The hospital downrating rules prevent double provision from public funds as the publicly funded NHS maintains people while they stay in hospital as well as providing free treatment. Social security maintenance benefits are also paid from state funds. They are therefore not paid in full indefinitely where a person is in a NHS hospital and having their day to day living expenses met through the NHS.
However, we also recognise that people have on-going financial commitments while in hospital, and although we consider the six week rule strikes a fair balance between what the state should provide financially and the provision individuals should make for themselves, we have none the less decided to extend the period before benefits are downrated by a further seven weeks to the 13 week stage. This will mean that people previously affected by the six week rule will be able to keep their benefits untouched if their period of stay in hospital is under 13 weeks. Benefit is generally then not downrated again until after 52 weeks.
Benefit is adjusted in this way because, generally speaking, the national health service will have assumed the responsibility of providing for patients who have spent more than 52 weeks in hospital. The personal requirements allowance is regarded as a reasonable amount to cover small personal items not already provided by the hospital.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) mean and (b) median income of (i) single men aged 65 to 74 years, (ii) single men aged 75 years and over, (iii) single women aged 65 to 74 years and (iv) single women aged 75 years and over, (v) pensioner couples aged 65 to 74 years and (vi) pensioner couples aged 75 years and over for the latest year for which figures are available. 
|Single men aged 65 to 74 years||183||134|
|Single men aged 75 years and over||162||131|
|Single women aged 65 to 74 years||144||123|
|Single women aged 75 years and over||134||121|
|Couples aged 65 to 74 years||299||234|
|Couples aged 75 years and over||245||201|
1. Income is defined here as net income before housing costs.
2. Amounts are in £ per week at July 1999 prices and are rounded to the nearest £1.
3. A pensioner couple is defined as a married or cohabiting couple.
4. Pensioner couples are allocated to age categories according to the age of the head. The head of a couple is defined as the man.
Family Resources Survey 19992000
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committed spend on marketing is for the 200102 financial year; and what estimate has been made of the final cost of all his Department's marketing in the 200102 financial year. 
New Deal 50 Plus£500,000: A regional campaign to encourage more of the over-50s into work and to increase their awareness of the local help available.
New Deal 25 Plus£500,000: A national campaign to inform the public about changes to the programme through radio advertising, a video and printed materials, supported by research.
Age Positive£500,000: PR (including direct mail and partnerships with regional newspapers, sponsoring an award, exhibitions, research and promotional material) to raise employers' awareness of the business benefits of employing an age-diverse work force.
Work Incentives£450,000: Advertising campaign on local radio to raise awareness of the range of financial initiatives available to those moving from benefits into employment if they meet the qualifying criteria.
Pensions Education£7,520,000: A publicity campaign to encourage people to save for their retirement and understand the pension options available to them.
State Second Pension£500,000: Development and implementation of publicity to inform carers about how new state pension rules could help themlinked to the overall pensions education campaign.
Pensioners' Guide£1,058,000: Production and distribution of a guide on cross-Government help and services for pensioners.
Winter Fuel Payments£716,000: Information for people aged 60 plus and advisers about winter fuel payments and activity reminding them to claim and telling them how to claim for winter 2001 and for relevant previous winters.
Changes to rules on inherited SERPS£453,000: Publicity about the change to the rules on inheriting the State Earnings-Related Pensions Scheme.
Targeting Fraud£9,000,000: A national advertising campaign on television, radio, press and posters to deter dishonest behaviour, reinforced by regional press advertising showing that benefit fraudsters are regularly caught and punished.
Disability Discrimination Act Awareness£3,000,000: A national, regional and trade press advertising campaign to raise the public's awareness of the DDA and specifically to encourage service providers to ensure that disabled people have access to their services.
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Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue advice to decision-makers for (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance to give full weight to the definition of virtually unable to walk as given in Cassinelli v. Secretary of State for Social Services, Times Law report 6.12.91, following the Chairman's ruling on 11 February at the reconstituted tribunal set up by the Sutton Benefits Agency office concerning Mr. Tom Mann. 
Maria Eagle: The 1991 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Cassinelli v. Secretary of State for Social Services was concerned only with the meaning of the test of "severe discomfort" in relation to whether the manner in which a person could make progress on foot out of doors was so limited that he could be taken to be virtually unable to walk for the purpose of entitlement to mobility allowance. The court held that the test is one of severe discomfort rather than of severe pain or distress. This is not relevant to (a) attendance allowance, for which entitlement depends upon a severely disabled person's need for personal attention, supervision or watching over from another person; but (b) it continues to be relevant to the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance, which replaced mobility allowance in 1992, and the guidance to decision makers about that component in the Decision Makers Guide cites the meaning of "severe discomfort" given in the Cassinelli judgment as the one to be followed when considering whether a person is virtually unable to walk.
Mrs. Helen Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make additional funding available to New Deal providers to help trainees with (a) basic skills and (b) English speaking. 
Mr. Nicholas Brown: Long-term unemployed people who need help with basic skills or the English language are identified by personal advisers during the Gateway period of the New Deal. Those with a need can then be referred to help within the Gateway, including short basic skills courses. People who need more intensive, longer- term assistance are offered help through the Education and Training New Deal option which can provide courses lasting up to 26 weeks.
Basic skills or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training is provided in response to an individual's needs. The Employment Service contracts locally with New Deal providers to meet the needs of their particular client group and provides sufficient funding for this to be achieved.
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The help provided through the New Deal is an important part of the Government's strategy to improve literacy and numeracy skills. A new curriculum in ESOL was launched in February and will further improve the quality of language provision available to those who need it. We will be working to embed the new curriculum into our employment programmes.
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