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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits income tax and VAT inspectors have made to unauthorised traveller
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developments to ensure the proper collection of income tax and VAT in the year to 5 April 2004 in (a) England and Wales and (b) South Bedfordshire. 
John Healey: Both HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue are committed to treating all taxpayers fairly and equally and do not target or classify businesses by demographic or racial group. An approach to managing non-compliance is taken which deploys resources on the basis of risk assessment. It is not therefore possible to quantify the number of visits made to unauthorised traveller developments.
Mr. Pond: I refer the hon. Member to the oral answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Redcar (Vera Baird) on 26 April 2004, Official Report, column 62526.
Phil Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions using the 1999 Millennium Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey, how many children he estimates lived in families with below 70 per cent. of the before housing costs national median income who also lacked (a) one or more and (b) two or more of the necessities proposed in the annex of the document Measuring Child Poverty; and how many of those categorised as missing out on (i) one or more and (ii) two or more of the list of necessities did not have before housing cost incomes below 60 per cent. of median income in 1999. 
The official Government estimates of low income are derived from the Family Resources Survey-based Households Below Average Income dataset. Data for the material deprivation element of the measure outlined in the document Measuring Child Poverty will be collected on the Family Resources Survey from 200405, and will be published in 2006.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed council tax benefit in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) the rest of Hampshire in each of the last three years. 
|Council tax benefit recipients|
|Local authority||August 2001||August 2002||August 2003|
|Basingstoke and Deane||6.3||6.5||6.6|
|Year January to December||NINOs created on DCI|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the expenditure of his Department on advertising and publicity was in each of the last six years, broken down by campaign; and what the projected expenditure is for 200304. 
During 200304, estimated expenditure on alerting people to their rights, responsibilities and entitlements through information campaigns was £58,179,000. Of this sum, an estimated £40,894,000 was spent on advertising using television, radio, cinema, internet and press media.
Some campaigns, such as pension credit and new deal, have expenditure falling into more than one financial year, depending on requirements and final billing dates. Estimated total expenditure for 200304, broken down by campaign, is in the table.
|200304 campaign||Advertising expenditure||Total publicity expenditure(105)|
|Future Pensioners/Informed Choice||||2,700,000|
|The Pension Service||570,000||2,650,000|
|Direct Payment road show||51,000||480,000|
|Council Tax Benefit||500,000||652,000|
|Jobcentre Plus awareness||||531,000|
|Jobseeker Direct help-line||1,700,000||1,700,000|
|Jobcentre Plus employer marketing||1,016,000||1,016,000|
|DDA Awareness and Disability Rights||47,000||300,000|
The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 January 2004, Official Report, column 342W, detailing expenditure for 200102 and 200203. Information on total advertising and publicity costs by campaign for these years can be found in the Department's annual reports, copies of which are in the Library.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Scotland were in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in (i) 200001 and (ii) 200102. 
|As at May||Housing benefit||Council tax benefit|
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) state pensioners and (b) non-pensioner benefit recipients within the Tamworth constituency receive (i) pensions and (ii) other benefits (A) through an order book, (B) through a Post Office Card Account and (C) paid directly into a bank or building society account. 
Mr. Pond: Information in the following table gives the number of customers in the Tamworth constituency, by benefit, broken down by their method of payment (order book, Post Office Card Account or direct payment) as at 23 January 2004. Child benefit and war pensions information is not included as these are the responsibility of the Inland Revenue and Ministry of Defence respectively.
|Payment by order book||Payment by Post Office card account||Payment direct into a bank or building society account|
|(a) State pensioners (women over 60 and men over 65)|
|State pension (retirement pension)||5,235||250||6,720|
|(b) Non-pensioner benefit recipients|
|Total of benefits||3,700||455||5,415|
Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the measures introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood over the last seven years. 
Maria Eagle: We have a number of measures in place nationally to help improve conditions for disabled people at work, as well as measures to improve their access to services generally. None of these are specific to Blackpool, North and Fleetwood, but all are available to disabled people who live and work there.
From 1996, the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act required most employers of 20 or more staff not to discriminate against, and to make reasonable adjustments for, disabled job applicants or employees; in December 1998, we reduced this threshold to 15 employees. From October this year, the small employer exemption will be removed and most currently excluded occupations, such as police officers, fire-fighters, and partners in business partnerships will be brought within the scope of the Disability Discrimination Act employment provisions.
Jobcentre Plus runs a number of specialist programmes providing help for disabled people, including New Deal for Disabled People, WORKSTEP, Access to Work, the Job Introduction Scheme, and Work Preparation. All these programmes provide practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help overcome work related obstacles resulting from disability. Since 199798 there have been year on year increases in both numbers helped and programme spend.
To help people access appropriate help, Jobcentre Plus has established a network of disability service teams. The teams are made up of disability employment
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advisers, access to work advisers and occupational psychologists; their services are accessed through local Jobcentres.
Since April 2003, disabled people in work have been receiving financial support through the working tax credit. This is available if a person is working an average of at least 16 hours per week (self-employed or for an employer); and have a disability which puts them at a disadvantage in getting a job. 70,000 families (including over 32,000 adults without children) are benefiting from the disability element within the working tax credit, compared to 38,000 who benefited from the old disabled person's tax credit.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Havant constituency have migrated from over the counter benefit payments to automated credit transfer in each of the last 12 months. 
Mr. Pond: The number of pensioner accounts (men over 65 women over 60) in the parliamentary constituency of Havant that have migrated from over the counter benefit payments to Direct Payment in the past 12 months is in the table.
Statistics are taken from individual scans of benefit databases at a point in time each month. New accounts opened and closed in between scans are not included in the figures. Similarly, if a person changes their method of payment and then reverts back to the old method of payment this change will not be included.
|Time period||Number of accounts migrating|
|24 January 2004 to 21 February 2004||285|
|27 December 2003 to 24 January 2004||305|
|29 November 2003 to 27December 2003||35|
|1 November 2003 to 29 November 2003||170|
|4 October 2003 to 1 November 2003||225|
|6 September 2003 to 4 October 2003||20|
|9 August 2003 to 6 September 2003||120|
|12 July 2003 to 9August 2003||70|
|14 June 2003 to 12 July 2003||20|
|17 May 2003 to 14 Jun 2003||65|
|19 April 2003 to 17 May 2003||45|
|22 March 2003 to 19 April 2003||5|
|22 February 2003 to 22 March 2003||30|
|25 January 2003 to 22 February 2003||40|
|28 December 2002 to 25 January 2003||5|
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