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Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of the (a) care and (b) mobility component of the disability living allowance in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) the London borough of Bexley in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Disability living a llowance: Cases in payment and percentage of population by award type, as at August 2009 for Bexleyheath and Crayford parliamentary constituency and the London borough of Bexley|
|Disability living allowance-Care||Disability living allowance-Mobility|
|Total||Higher rate||Middle rate||Lower rate||Nil rate||Higher rate||Lower rate||Nil rate|
| Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 3. Office for National Statistics' population estimate mid 2007 for Bexleyheath and Crayford parliamentary constituency is 84,826; and for the London borough of Bexley, the population estimate 2008 is 223,300. Source: Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.|
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual operating cost of the Benefits Agency in Newcastle was in the latest year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Both Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Disability and Carers Service are national organisations with centralised head office functions and centrally held contracts; their financial systems do not record total operating costs in the format you have requested.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of those over the age of (a) 60, (b) 65 and (c) 70 years were in receipt of means-tested benefits in each year since 1997. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 March 2010]: As a claimant can be in receipt of more than one benefit, and the total number of claimants receiving one or more means-tested benefits is not available, it is not possible to derive the number or percentage of people receiving means tested benefits from the available information.
(7) on how many occasions the Compensation Recovery Unit found the National Insurance number in a claim submitted by an insurance company to be (a) false or incorrect and (b) not to match the name given in the last five years. 
Helen Goodman: When an insurance company advises Compensation Recovery Unit of a claim to compensation they are not legally bound to supply a National Insurance number. However, they are required to provide sufficient information to ensure that the Department can trace the benefit records of the appropriate person. Compensation Recovery Unit is able to trace and validate the appropriate person's personal details, including their national insurance number, through the Department's central data repository, the Customer Information System (CIS).
Claims, fraudulent or otherwise, are not made to the Compensation Recovery Unit. The Compensation Recovery Unit is there to recover money paid out in benefit as a result of any accident, injury or disease which is covered by an award of compensation or any ambulance or hospital treatment charges incurred as a result of an accident or injury.
A compensator, usually an insurance company, must notify the Compensation Recovery Unit of a compensation claim so that the Department can take steps to reclaim any benefits paid or ambulance/hospital charges where appropriate.
Jonathan Shaw: A list of consultants that have been engaged by Remploy since March 2008 is provided in the following list. Total spending by Remploy on consultants between April 2008 and the end of February 2010 was £5.28 million.
This expenditure reflects the additional costs of implementing Remploy's five-year modernisation plan including new IT infrastructure; the growth of Remploy's Employment Services branch network to meet Remploy's modernisation target to increase the number of disabled people into work to 20,000 by the end of 2012-13; and to deliver new contracts including the Flexible New Deal. The company expects the figures from 2010-11 to be substantially lower.
Ability Net Technical Centre
A Smarter Splash Limited
Bray Leino Ltd.
C11 (Hampshire) Ltd.
Carley Consult Ltd.
Caruso Consulting Ltd.
CIPD Enterprises Limited
Deloitte MCS Limited
Fleet Lifeline Ltd.
Good Relations Wales
Hay Group Management Limited
Infor Global Solutions
Johnson Controls Limited
Mercuri Urval Limited
Nine Feet Tall
One To One Coaches Ltd.
Resilient Risk and Strategy Management
Social Firms UK Ltd.
Systems Consultants Services
The Leadership Factor
The list and total cost does not include external recruitment providers used by Remploy to recruit staff, for example to their branch offices.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate her Department has made of the annual (a) gross and (b) net cost to the public purse of uprating the basic state pension in line with earnings from 2010-11; 
(2) what estimate her Department has made of the (a) annual and (b) cumulative (i) gross and (ii) net cost to the public purse of uprating the basic state pension in line with earnings from 2010-11; 
(3) what estimate her Department has made of the additional annual (a) gross and (b) net cost to the public purse of uprating the basic state pension in line with earnings from 2010-11 up to the latest future date for which information is available. 
Angela Eagle: Baseline projections of expenditure on pensioner benefits used for these costings assume that the basic state pension is increased by earnings from 2012. Prior to 2012, projections assume that the basic state pension is uprated by the greater of RPI or 2.5 per cent.
If the basic state pension were to be uprated by earnings in April 2010, the weekly value of the basic state pension to pensioners would be lower than the value from uprating it by 2.5 per cent which will apply from April 2010.
|Additional basic state pension spend from uprating the basic state pensions by earnings from April 2010|
|£ billion (2009-10 price terms)|
|Gross||Net of income related benefits|
1. Estimates given are net to baseline, they do not include the gross additional basic state pension spend from implementing the 2007 Pensions Act reforms to the basic state pension from April 2010.
2. During the next Parliament, we will re-link the uprating of the basic state pension to average earnings. Our objective, subject to affordability and the fiscal position, is to do this in 2012, but in any event by the end of the next Parliament at the latest. We will make a statement on the precise date at the beginning of the next Parliament.
3. In the financial years up to and including 2015-16 Treasury Economic assumptions consistent with Table C1 of the Budget Report 2010 have been used in the above modelling.
4. The costs and savings estimates provided are based on future projections of earnings and price inflation-which are inherently uncertain and subject to change particularly in light of the current economic uncertainty.
5. Estimates are in 2009/10 prices, have been rounded to the nearest £100 million and include UK and Overseas claimants.
1. Figures are subject a high degree of sampling error and should be used as a guide.
2. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
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