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Pathways to Work

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cost benefit analysis has been carried out with regard to the pathways to work pilot scheme. [40756]

Margaret Hodge: The information requested is in Working Paper Incapacity Benefit Reforms—Pathways to Work Pilots performance and analysis" a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

The pathways to work districts are piloting new measures and innovative approaches to helping people with long term illnesses or a disability to return to work. As pilot schemes, they are designed to test whether alternative approaches may be more effective than existing measures.

Early results show off-flows from incapacity benefit at six months of around 48 per cent. in the pilot areas compared with around 40 per cent. nationally, an improvement of eight percentage points, resulting in a reduction in the incapacity benefit caseload which more than pays for the additional costs of the pilots.

Pension Credit

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls to the Pension Credit Application line were (a) received,
 
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(b) answered, (c) engaged and (d) hung up on in the weeks commencing (i) 17 October, (ii) 24 October and (iii) 31 October; and if he will make a statement. [38208]

Mr. Timms: The administration of The Pension Service is a matter for the Chief Executive, Ms Alexis Cleveland. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Alexis Cleveland, dated 12 January 2006:

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(i) Inbound calls(ii) Receiving engaged tone(iii) Calls available to be answered having been filtered to the queue by the auto attendant
(when in use)
(iv) Of (iii), calls abandoned(v) Of (iii) calls answered
17 October 200531,940025,7144,59621,066
24 October 2005207,346053,75518,77234,974
31 October 2005133,852256,47616,54739,917
12 December 200530,303030,3035,83124,467




Note:
There is discrepancy in the calls answered total due to missing calls. This arises due to a small amount of calls not registering on the IT system correctly.




I hope this information is helpful

Pensioner Benefits

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices and (c) as a share of gross domestic product on (i) the basic state pension, (ii) pension credit, minimum income guarantee or income support for the elderly and (iii) all pensioner benefits in each year since 1992–93; what the estimate is for each year to the end of the public expenditure planning period; and how many pensioners were in receipt of each benefit in each year. [33295]

Mr. Timms: The available information regarding the figures requested on pensions is in the table as follows.
1. Basic state pension

£ million
Share of GDP
Cash termsCurrent prices(percentage)
1992–9325,36434,8064.1
1993–9426,54635,5204.1
1994–9526,85935,3953.9
1995–9627,74035,5593.8
1996–9729,23936,2013.8
1997–9830,39136,5473.7
1998–9931,91437,4083.7
1999–200033,37838,3693.6
2000–0133,98638,5643.5
2001–0236,56540,4903.6
2002–0338,46941,2873.6
2003–0439,82841,6413.6
2004–0541,38942,3733.5
2005–0643,05543,0553.5
2006–0744,82943,7533.5
2007–0846,96644,6523.4

2. Pension credit, minimum income guarantee or income support

£ million
Share of GDP
Cash termsCurrent prices(percentage)
1992–933,6875,0590.6
1993–943,8945,2100.6
1994–953,9255,1730.6
1995–963,8414,9240.5
1996–973,7644,6600.5
1997–983,7214,4750.5
1998–993,5664,1800.4
1999–20003,7254,2830.4
2000–014,0354,5780.4
2001–024,4174,8910.4
2002–034,4054,7280.4
2003–044,8515,0720.4
2004–055,9976,1400.5
2005–066,4576,4570.5
2006–077,0596,8890.5
2007–087,8177,4320.6

3. All pensioner benefits

£ million
Share of GDP
Cash termsCurrent prices(percentage)
1992–9335,38748,5595.8
1993–9437,81150,5945.8
1994–9538,72351,0305.6
1995–9639,91951,1705.5
1996–9741,82951,7895.4
1997–9843,42652,2225.3
1998–9945,16552,9405.2
1999–200047,93455,1025.2
2000–0150,58057,3925.2
2001–0254,49460,3435.4
2002–0357,43761,6445.4
2003–0460,23062,9715.4
2004–0564,56066,0955.5
2005–0668,66968,6695.6
2006–0771,40069,6865.5
2007–0875,77672,0425.6




Notes:
1.Figures have been rounded to the nearest million pounds.
2.All figures are consistent with the pre-Budget report 2005 and are in 2005–06 prices. Figures are for GB other than the share of GDP which is a proportion of the UKGDP.
3.All pensioner benefits (table 3) includes the basic state pension (table 1) and pension credit (table 2) and the following benefits paid to pensioners: Christmas bonus-contribution based; retirement pension-non contributory; invalidity/incapacity benefit up to and including 1999–2000; widows/bereavement benefits; severe disablement allowance; winter fuel payments (from 1997–98 onwards); over- 65s payment (in 2005–06) and over-70s payment (in 2004–05 and 2005–06); over-75 TV licence (from 2000–01 onwards); housing Benefit and discretionary housing payments; community charge/council tax benefit, pensions compensation board.
Source:
Figures have been taken from the DWP Expenditure tables.





 
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Number of pensioners in receipt of benefits
Caseload (thousand)

Retirement pension contribution basedWidows/bereavement benefitsInvalidity/incapacity benefitIncapacity benefit-credits only
1992–9310,09650282
1993–9410,10351298
1994–9510,13947299
1995–9610,261472796
1996–9710,423432175
1997–9810,574361544
1998–9910,71235905
1999–200010,85131295
2000–0110,931284
2001–0211,03628
2002–0311,12128
2003–0411,25027
2004–0511,52924
2005–0611,78921
2006–0712,01619
2007–0812,27517

 
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Caseload (thousand)

Retirement pension non-contributorySevere disablement allowanceWinter
fuel payments
Over 75
TV licence
Income support for people over 60/minimum income guarantee/pension credit
1992–9329461,668
1993–9429491,789
1994–9528491,776
1995–9629351,777
1996–9727381,756
1997–9826399,7591,714
1998–9925419,9531,651
1999–2000244210,0841,628
2000–01234111,1063,1561,638
2001–02244211,2023,8591,736
2002–03234311,3583,7781,760
2003–04244311,4863,8381,977
2004–05254311,6133,8752,603
2005–06264211,7623,9222,741
2006–07294211,9593,9702,878
2007–08304112,2544,0143,076

Caseload (thousand)

Housing benefitCouncil tax benefit
1992–931,8373,315
1993–941,9142,719
1994–951,9372,801
1995–961,9172,769
1996–971,8862,692
1997–981,8442,623
1998–991,7982,567
1999–20001,7262,471
2000–011,6642,387
2001–021,6372,371
2002–031,6122,357
2003–041,5412,341
2004–051,5542,467
2005–061,5592,609
2006–071,5622,698
2007–081,5652,787




Notes.
1.Caseloads have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
2.Pension credit, minimum income guarantee or income support:
3.Numbers from 2005–06 are forecast.
4.No payments of incapacity benefit were paid to people over state pension age from 2000–01 onwards (a small number of credits only cases are in 2000–01).
5.Winter fuel payments began in 1997–98.
6.Free TV licences for the over 75s began in 2000–01.
Source:
DWP Historic and forecast caseload information.




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