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Jobseekers Allowance

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 477W, on jobseeker's allowance (JSA), what proportion of JSA claimants have partners in each category. [147788]


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Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 5 July 2007]: The information requested is not available except at disproportionate cost.

New Deal for Disabled People

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on the New Deal for Disabled People were taking part in the scheme for the second time or more in each month since 2001. [148891]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 10 July 2007]: The number of participants on new deal for disabled people in each month since the start of the programme who were taking part in the scheme for the second time or more is contained in the following table:


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Month Participants taking part for second time or more

July 2001

110

August 2001

130

September 2001

160

October 2001

190

November 2001

230

December 2001

240

January 2002

270

February 2002

340

March 2002

420

April 2002

490

May 2002

610

June 2002

700

July 2002

780

August 2002

940

September 2002

1,070

October 2002

1,190

November 2002

1,400

December 2002

1,500

January 2003

1,840

February 2003

1,830

March 2003

1,990

April 2003

2,150

May 2003

2,360

June 2003

2,550

July 2003

2,720

August 2003

2,890

September 2003

3,060

October 2003

3,240

November 2003

3,390

December 2003

3,450

January 2004

3,620

February 2004

3,810

April 2004

4,370

May 2004

4,740

June 2004

5,090

July 2004

5,590

August 2004

5,870

September 2004

6,220

October 2004

6,710

November 2004

7,080

December 2004

7,300

January 2005

7,630

February 2005

8,040

March 2005

8,510

April 2005

8,940

May 2005

9,270

June 2005

9,610

July 2005

10,000

August 2005

10,310

September 2005

10,820

October 2005

11,200

November 2005

11,590

December 2005

11,840

January 2006

12,370

February 2006

12,900

March 2006

13,570

April 2006

14,110

May 2006

14,670

June 2006

15,230

July 2006

15,740

August 2006

16,260

September 2006

16,970

October 2006

17,520

November 2006

18,010

Notes:
1. Latest data are to November 2006.
2. Figures are rounded to nearest 10.
Source:
Information Directorate, DWP

New Deal Schemes: Employment

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants left the new deal (a) voluntary service, (b) environmental task force, (c) full-time education or training and (d) employment option for employment in Liverpool and Wirral district in November 2006. [148981]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 11 July 2007]: The information is in the following table:

Stage of leaving new deal for young people Number leaving to employment in Liverpool and Wirral in November 2006

Employment option

10

Full-time education/training

0

Voluntary sector

0

Environmental task force

0

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to nearest 10.
2. A total of 40 participants left new deal for young people at one of the four option stages in Liverpool and Wirral in November 2006 (not all of them left to employment).
Source:
Information Directorate, DWP

New Deal Schemes: Expenditure

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the (a) new deal scheme, (b) new deal 25 plus scheme and (c) new deal for lone parents programme in each year since 1998. [150061]

Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 32W and to the Department for Work and Pensions Departmental Report 2007 (CM 7105).


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Occupational Pensions

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of private sector employers offered pensions to their employees in each year since 1997. [150045]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is presented in the following table:

Percentage of firms with any pension provision

1998

34

2000

29

2003

52

2005

44

Notes:
1. All figures are estimates taken from the Employers’ Pension Provision Survey. 2005 is the latest year published. The coverage of the survey is private sector employers in Great Britain.
2. Stakeholder pensions were introduced in April 2001, and from October 2001 employers with five or more employees and no other pension provision were required to provide access to stakeholder pensions. This is reflected in the increase in employer pension provision between 2000 and 2003.
3. Pension provision includes occupational schemes, group personal pensions, stakeholder pensions (including schemes with no members and/or no contributions) and firms that contribute to personal pensions.
Source:
DWP Employers’ Pension Provision Survey

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average pension paid from occupational pension schemes was in each year since 1997, expressed in real terms. [150057]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information requested is not available. The closest information available is the average occupational pension received by pensioner benefit units, as recorded in the Department’s Family Resources Survey and shown in the following table. Latest information relates to 2005-06, so average amounts are shown in 2005-06 prices.

Average amount of occupational pension income for those in receipt, before tax
£ per week, 2005-06 prices
Pensioner couples Single pensioners All pensioner units

1997-98

154

80

118

1998-99

161

83

122

1999-2000

163

86

124

2000-01

178

89

134

2001-02

182

88

137

2002-03

178

93

137

2003-04

193

93

144

2004-05

196

99

150

2005-06

192

99

146

Notes:
1. Occupational pensions include widow’s employee pensions and occupational pension from an overseas Government or company if paid in sterling. The average amount received by a pensioner benefit unit may include pensions paid from more than one occupational pension scheme.
2. Figures are for Great Britain.
3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £.
4. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling and non sampling error. Users should not read too much into movements in data between single years.
5. Pensioner units are either pensioner couples or single pensioners.
6. Pensioner couples are couples where one or more of the adults are state pension age or over.
Source:
Pensioners’ Income Series, 2005-06 (Revised)

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