|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
|New Deal 25 plus Intensive Activity Period (IAP) in Aberavon|
|Option||Numbers who have started|
1. Data are to May 2007 and rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Data include current participants on the Employment/Work Experience/Training elements of the IAP, as well as those who have left ND25 plus from these elements.
3. Data include those who have participated on these elements of the IAP but left ND25 plus from the Follow Through stage of the programme.
4. Data do not includes those who have participated on these elements of the IAP but who are currently on the Follow Through stage of ND25 plus.
5. Data could include participants on the voluntary New Deals who have accessed training available through the mandatory New Deals.
DWP Information Directorate.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England and Wales have been subject to means-testing in each year since 2000. 
Tackling pensioner poverty was one of the Governments first priorities. The introduction of pension credit in October 2003, which targeted substantial additional resources on those in the greatest need, was supported by an extensive campaign to raise awareness of the new benefit and to encourage every pensioner with an entitlement to take it up. The 2004 figures demonstrate that the campaign had a considerable immediate impact. And, since the introduction of pension credit, the number of pensioners in relative poverty has fallen by around 700,000.
|Num ber of beneficiaries of means tested benefits, aged 60 and over|
|Mid year||England and Wales|
1. Means tested benefits are pension credit (PC), minimum income guarantee/income support for the over 60s (MIG/IS), jobseekers allowance (income-based) (JSA(IB)), housing benefit (HB), council tax benefit (CTB). Overlaps between benefits have been removed.
2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest ten thousand.
3. Beneficiaries is the sum of claimants aged 60 or over and claimants partners aged 60 or over.
4. Figures based on one per cent data samples (HB and CTB) and 5 per cent data samples (MIG/IS and JSA(IB) and PC) are subject to sampling variation. The 5 per cent. data sample has been rated in line with Work and Pension Longitudinal Study data.
5. CTB data excludes second adult rebate cases. HB data excludes any Extended Payment cases.
6. Estimates for 2000 to 2004 are based on past benefit data as at May of each year. Estimates for 2005-06 and 2006-07 use estimated annual average caseloads for HB and CTB and data as at May of each year for other benefits. 2007-08 is based on a forecast annual average caseload for HB and CTB and data for other benefits as at May of each year.
DWP, one per cent. data samples, five per cent. data samples and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of
children living in poverty are in households liable to pay full council tax measured (a) before housing costs and (b) after housing costs; and what the average council tax bill is for those households. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Just under a quarter of all children living in relative poverty measured before housing costs, live in households liable to pay full council tax. This equates to around 700,000 children.
1. Households are defined as being in poverty if their income is less than 60 per cent. of the national median equivalised income level.
2. These figures have been derived using the Policy Simulation Model (PSM) which uses data from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). These are estimated indicative figures.
3. The PSM models the calculation of individual taxes and income-related benefit entitlement, by deriving detailed microdata from the latest available FRS.
4. The PSM models the current policy year (2007-08) using the latest FRS data (2005-06), by uprating the FRS to represent the appropriate policy year.
5. The analysis provided assumes full take-up of income-related benefits in the current policy year (2007-08).
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in London were living in households with an income below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 40 per cent. of median household income (i) after housing cost and (ii) before housing cost in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Timms: Specific information regarding low income for the United Kingdom is available in Households Below Average Income 1994-95 to 2005-06. This annual report, which is a National Statistics publication, includes the number and proportion of individuals, children, working age adults and pensioners with incomes below 50 per cent., 60 per cent. and 70 per cent of median income.
We do not present information covering 40 per cent. of median income in our Households Below Average Income series as it is not a sound measure of poverty. This is because households stating the lowest incomes to the Family Resources Survey may not actually have the lowest living standards. Some people who report very low incomes appear to have high spending. Hence, any statistics on numbers in this group may be misleading.
|Number of children below 40, 50 and 60 per cent. median income in London over the last 10 years|
|40 per cent.||50 per cent.||60 per cent.|
|Time period||Before housing costs||After housing costs||Before housing costs||After housing costs||Before housing costs||After housing costs|
1. Three survey year averages are given for regional low income statistics 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 series, which uses disposable household income, equivalised for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.
3. The figures are based on OECD equivalisation factors.
4. The preferred measure of low income is based on a threshold of 60 per cent. of the contemporary median income. This is an internationally recognised measure and is consistent with indicators that will be monitored as part of Public Service Agreement Delivery Agreement 9.
5. This response includes a lower income threshold of 40 per cent. of the contemporary median income. The data for families with an income lower than 50 per cent. of median is not considered to be accurate as an indicator of living standards. Many of these households while having very low incomes would not be considered poor, but who do genuinely have few sources of income in the short-run. These figures are not National Statistics and caution must be applied because those people stating the lowest incomes in the Family Resources Survey may not actually have the lowest living standards.
6. Figures have been presented on both a before housing cost and after housing cost basis. For before housing cost, housing costs (such as rent, water rates, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance payments and ground rent and service charges) are not deducted from income, while for after housing cost they are.
7. Numbers in the table have been presented in millions, rounded to the nearest 100,000 children.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) local reference rent is being applied and (b) the indicative local housing allowances rate is for each bedroom category within each locality/broad market rent area in each non-pathfinder local authority. 
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) current levels of the shared room rate and (b) indicative shared room rate for the same locality/broad rental market area is in each of the 18 pathfinder local pathfinders where local housing allowances is already in place. 
|Shared room rate in the local housing allowance pathfinder areas at February 2 , 2008|
|Pathfinder a rea||Broad rental market areas||Shared room rate ( £ per week)|
| Note: Figures rounded to the nearest £1.|
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|