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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had received job seeker's allowance for two years or more in each London borough at the most recent date for which figures are available; and what steps the Government plan to take to reduce the numbers. 
From April 2009, a stepped programme of support will be available for all customers from day one. The successful New Deal Gateway will be refreshed and introduced for all customers from six months of a claim. From October 2009, all those unemployed for 12 months will enter a new flexible New Deal, receiving intensive support from a specialist provider. During their time with a provider we expect all customers will enter work or participate in some form of full time activity increasing the chances of work.
|Jobseeker's allowance claimants with a duration of 2 years and over by London borough as at December 2007|
| Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five. 2. Figures are based on computer held cases only. Source: NOMIS 100 per cent count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of his Department's employees who hold temporary national insurance numbers; and what his Department's policy is on the employment of staff with temporary national insurance numbers. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will have reached the age of 60 between 23 September 2007 and 29 February 2008 who live alone and receive pension credit or jobseekers allowance; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will have reached the age of 60 between 23 September 2007 and 29 February 2008 who live in a care home and do not claim pension credit; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will have reached the age of 60 between 23 September 2007 and 29 February 2008 who live with a partner who receives pension credit or jobseekers allowance on their behalf. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers were incorrectly identified as being in prison due to a computer fault by the Pension Service over the last 12 months. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Over the last 12 months, seven Pension Service customers were incorrectly identified as being in prison when in fact this was not the case. All affected cases were related to a winter fuel payment. The error has now been corrected, correct payments allocated and a letter of apology sent to the customers.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of old age pensioners living in poverty in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Specific information regarding low income for the United Kingdom is available in Households Below Average Income 1994/95-2005/06. The threshold of below 60 per cent. contemporary median income is the most commonly used in reporting trends in low income.
The data source does not allow us to provide robust numbers for estimates below the level of Government office region. However the available information for each of the regions containing the areas in the question is given in the following table.
|Number of pensioners (million) living in households with below 60 per cent. of median income (three survey year average, 2003-04 to 2005-06), after housing costs|
1. Three survey year averages are given for each of the regions as robust single year estimates cannot be produced because of the sample sizes for individual regions.
2. The income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted (or equivalised) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.
3. The figures are based on OECD equalisation factors.
4. The preferred measure of low income for pensioners is by using a threshold of 60 per cent. of the contemporary median income after housing costs. This is consistent with indicators that will be monitored as part of PSA Delivery Agreement 17.
5. Tables show numbers in millions rounded to the nearest 100,000.
Family Resources Survey 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in North Devon whose income is below 60 per cent. of median UK household income; and if he will make a statement. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was for (a) a decision on and (b) a review of social fund claims from the Birmingham office in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Reviews of Social Fund applications at the Birmingham office (the Independent Review Service for the Social Fund) are a matter for the Social Fund Commissioner, Sir Richard Tilt. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the average length of time for a decision on social fund applications in the most recent period for which figures are available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The average actual clearance times for discretionary social fund applications in Great Britain from April to December 2007 are given in the table.
|Discretionary social fund applications in Great Britain from April to December 2007( 1)|
|Award type||Average Actual Clearance Time (working days)|
|(1). Numbers are based on applications cleared from April to December 2007, not on applications received during that period. (2). Figure includes Crisis Loans for items and living expenses. Source: DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System|
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.
2. Benefit receipt is based on self-assessment and therefore may be subject to mis-reporting.
3. Benefits include retirement pension and child benefit.
Family Resources Survey, United Kingdom 2005-06.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1557W, on social security benefits: administration, in what form information on the cost of administering each benefit is collected and collated by the Department. 
However, total administration costs are analysed by Request for Resource (RfR) in the published Resource Accounts, currently split into the following RfR's for the 2006-07 Financial Year, together with the benefits administered:
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