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Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question (a) 167266, tabled on 20 November 2007, (b) 170276, tabled on 27 November 2007 and (c) 170570, tabled on 28 November 2007 by the hon. Member for Northavon. 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 14 January 2008]: I replied to the hon. Member (a) on 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2061W, (b) on 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1887W, (c) on 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 254W.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrant workers from other EU member states in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) the United Kingdom have national insurance numbers; and how many he estimates there will be in 2020. 
Mr. Timms: Information on the stock of national insurance numbers held by migrants from EU member states is not available. The available information on the number of national insurance numbers registered in 2006-07 to adult EU nationals in the geographic areas requested is in the table. Information is not available on how many of these EU nationals are in work.
|National insurance numbers allocated to adult EU nationals (excluding the United Kingdom)|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Geography is assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.
3. Geographical counts are based on the most recently recorded address for the national insurance number recipient at the time of the data scan.
4. Data relate to tax years 6 April to 5 April.
5. Data for Northamptonshire comprise the following local authorities: Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, and Wellingborough.
6. Data include NINO allocations to adult Bulgarian and Romanian nationals for the whole of the 2006-07 period.
Numbers are based on 100 per cent. data from the National Insurance Recording System
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people, (b) young people, (c) lone parents, (d) people over 25 years and (e) people over 50 years participated in the New Deal in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East Lincolnshire and (iii) North Lincolnshire in 2007. 
|Starters (individuals) to new deal programmes in Cleethorpes parliamentary constituency, North East Lincolnshire local authority and North Lincolnshire local authority( 1) February 2008|
|All( 2)||New deal for young people||New deal for lone parents||New deal 25 plus||New deal 50 plus( 3)|
|(1) Local authority: Local authority is allocated using the ONS Postcode Directory and clients postcode.|
(2) All includes those started new deal for disabled people and new deal for partners.
(3) New deal 50 plus: Data only available for starters from January 2004.
Definitions and conventions: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of pension credit unclaimed in (a) Islwyn constituency, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since its introduction; 
(2) how many pensioners in Islwyn constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) receive a pension credit.  [Official Report, 17 September 2008, Vol. 479, c. 14MC.]
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Estimates of eligibility, take-up and the amount of benefit unclaimed are not available below the level of Great Britain. It is not therefore possible to say how many people are eligible to pension credit or how much pension credit is unclaimed in Islwyn constituency, England or Wales.
Latest estimates of take-up rates, the number of pensioners who were entitled but not claiming pension credit and the amount of pension credit unclaimed in Great Britain were published in the Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006/07 report. A copy of this report is available in the Library.
1. The figures provided are early estimates. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figure provided is the latest available figure, which is taken from the GMS scan at 28 February 2008. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.
2. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Households are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
4. Individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.
Mr. Plaskitt: Approximately 150,000 pensioners living in households with income of less than 60 per cent. of national median income are liable to pay council tax at the full rate. This equates to about 8 per cent. of pensioners living below the 60 per cent. threshold, and about 1 per cent. of all pensioners.
1. 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.
2. The PSM models the current policy year (2008-09) using the latest FRS data (2006-07), by uprating the FRS to represent the appropriate policy year.
3. The analysis provided assumes full take-up of income-related benefits in 2008-09.
4. The Governments preferred measures of low income for pensioners are based on incomes measured after housing costs. As part of PSA Delivery Agreement 17 three indicators of low income poverty will be monitored: the percentage of pensioners below 60 per cent. contemporary median income, 50 per cent. median income and 60 per cent. of 1998-99 median income uprated in line with prices.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide poverty statistics on the same basis as those contained in the most recent Households Below Average Income figures for each (a) district and (b) unitary authority in Hampshire in 2006-07. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 June 2008]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide my hon. Friend with the information requested.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what the criteria are for eligibility for signing on for benefits by telephone rather than in person at Jobcentre Plus. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Regular face-to-face contact is the most effective method of helping people find work quickly, and ensuring they remain entitled to payment of benefit by showing they are actively seeking work. We have tested alternative approaches, including jobsearch reviews by telephone, but these have all resulted in people taking longer to find work and leave Jobseekers Allowance. Therefore we do not allow customers to sign for benefits by telephone and so have no criteria.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of each type of state benefits payable to residents in East Devon has been paid into post office card accounts in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The answer is not available in the precise format requested. The following table shows the total POCA accounts and proportion of each type of state benefits payable to residents in East Devon into a Post Office card account in each of the last five years.
| Denotes nil or negligible.|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10, percentages to the nearest whole percent.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Figures are taken from latest available data at 22 December 2007.
4. Figures refer to payment accounts. Claimants with more than one account will be counted for each account. Figures only relate to accounts live and in payment on the specified date.
5. Child benefit is now administered by HM Revenue and Customs and war pensions are now administered by MOD. These benefits have therefore been excluded.
DWP, Information Directorate, 100 per cent. data
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