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Hospitals: Parking

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to (a) end or (b) reduce hospital car parking charges for (i) cancer patients and (ii) disabled people travelling regularly to hospital for treatment. [15870]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have now published their response to the recent consultation on national health service car parking, which makes clear that NHS organisations are responsible for their own policy, taking into account local operational circumstances and local community interests. It also makes clear that local policies should include fair concessions for all patients whose healthcare needs require extended or frequent access to hospital. This will include, but is not restricted to, disabled patients or those undergoing cancer treatment. Hospitals must also comply with their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to meet the needs of disabled visitors.

A copy of the Government's response NHS car parking: response to consultation has already been placed in the Library.

Mental Health Services: Prisoners

Margot James: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inmates discharged from prison are in contact with mental health services following their discharge; and how many had such contact in the first (a) week and (b) month following the date of discharge in the latest period for which figures are available. [15633]

Mr Burstow: This information is not collected centrally.

Mental Illness: Prisoners

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the proportion of people with mental illnesses who are in prison. [14494]

Mr Burstow: The Department is leading cross-Government work to further develop diversion services in police stations and courts. These services identify people with mental health problems at an early stage in the criminal justice process allowing non-custodial approaches to be considered where it is appropriate to do so. The Department is also developing a new cross-Government mental health strategy which is to clarify the outcomes expected for people with mental health problems when they come into contact with the criminal justice system

With the agreement of the Secretary of State for Justice, prisoners with mental disorder who meet the criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act are transferred to secure mental health services to receive in-patient treatment.


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NHS: Foreign Workers

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on the acceptance of medical qualifications obtained in (a) other EU and (b) non-EU countries as equivalents of UK-obtained qualifications in the appointment of medical staff; and if he will make a statement. [14895]

Anne Milton: The acceptance of medical qualifications obtained in other countries of the European economic area (EEA) falls under EU Directive 2005/36/EC which consolidates the rules regulating the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Under that directive, medical qualifications obtained by nationals of other EEA countries receive mutual recognition in the United Kingdom. It entitles EEA doctors to registration with the General Medical Council and a licence to practise medicine in the UK.

The assessment of medical qualifications obtained by non-EEA nationals is the responsibility of the General Medical Council. Doctors trained outside the EEA must satisfy the GMC that:

NHS: Manpower

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on staffing levels in the NHS of the implementation of the proposed targets contained in the White Paper "Equality and Excellence: Liberating the NHS". [15471]


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Mr Simon Burns: The White Paper 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS' laid out proposals for fundamental changes to the ways that the national health service is structured and run, including the abolition of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (from 2012-13). The precise details of the transition to the new system will not be known until the new organisations that will underpin the new system have been designed in more detail. The Department is in the process of consulting on how the new organisations should be designed, and once the results of this are known we will publish the costs and implications of the new system in an impact assessment.

NHS: Political Activities

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS bodies on the funding of events at conferences held by political parties. [15568]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has not issued any guidance to national health service bodies on the funding of events at conferences held by political parties.

Obesity

Alan Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures were carried out in NHS facilities on people with a body mass index of (a) 40 or more and (b) 36 or more with a co-morbidity of each (i) sex and (ii) ethnic origin in each year since 2004. [13830]

Anne Milton: The information is not available in the format requested.

The following table provides a count of finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of obesity and any procedure or intervention, broken down by sex, and ethnic group for 2004-05 to 2008-09.


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Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Finished consultant episodes( 1) with a primary diagnosis( 2) of obesity where there was any main operating procedure or intervention( 3)
Ethnic group( 4) Sex 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05

Total

7,335

4,345

3,052

1,453

1,028

Asian and Asian British

Female

112

61

53

24

12

Male

69

60

30

9

4

Black and Black British

Female

203

119

72

37

21

Male

32

23

10

3

3

Unknown/unspecified

-

-

1

-

-

Chinese or other

Female

50

51

23

11

14

Male

28

19

8

4

2

White

Female

4,054

2,037

1,456

704

532

Male

1,368

760

466

203

131

Unknown/unspecified

-

-

1

3

-

Mixed

Female

57

51

24

8

16

Male

15

8

9

4

-

Not known

Female

174

264

220

29

26

Male

60

95

58

10

14

Unknown/Unspecified

-

-

6

28

4

Not stated

Female

835

611

478

292

196

Male

277

186

137

83

53

Unknown/unspecified

1

-

-

1

-

Notes: The data are not a count of people, as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion. 1. Finished consultant episode (FCE) A finished consultant episode (FCE) is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year. 2. Primary diagnosis The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital. The ICD-10 code what used to define obesity is E66-Obesity. 3. Number of episodes with a (named) main procedure The number of episodes where the procedure was recorded in the main procedure field in a HES record. Note that more procedures are carried out than the number of episodes with a main procedure. For example, patients under going a 'cataract operation' would tend to have at least two procedures-removal of the faulty lens and the fitting of a new one-counted in a single episode. The number of episodes with any main procedure include '&' (not known), and for OPCS 4.3/4.4/4.5 (from 2006-07) codes A01-X97, or for OPCS 4.2 (prior to 2006-07) codes A01-X59. 4. Ethnicity Ethnicity data may not be good enough to allow accurate analysis, including analysis of ethnic differences. Ethnic group was collected from 1 April 1995 to 31 March 2002 and ethnic category, using the definitions in the 2001 census, from 1 April 2002. Patients are asked to select their category from a standard list, and some decline to do this. Data may therefore be incomplete and of poor quality. 5. Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Data quality HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Bariatric surgery OPCS codes Gastric bypass codes OPCS 4.2 G27.1 Total gastrectomy and excision of surrounding tissue G27.2 Total gastrectomy and anastomosis of oesophagus to duodenum G27.3 Total gastrectomy and interposition of jejunum G27.4 Total gastrectomy and anastomosis of oesophagus to transposed jejunum G27.5 Total gastrectomy and anastomosis of oesophagus to jejunum nec G27.8 Other specified total excision of stomach G27.9 Unspecified total excision of stomach G28.1 Partial gastrectomy and anastomosis of stomach to duodenum G28.2 Partial gastrectomy and anastomosis of stomach to transposed jejunum G28.3 Partial gastrectomy and anastomosis of stomach to jejunum nec G28.8 Other specified partial excision of stomach G28.9 Unspecified partial excision of stomach G31.1 Bypass of stomach by anastomosis of oesophagus to duodenum G31.2 Bypass of stomach by anastomosis of stomach to duodenum G31.3 Revision of anastomosis of stomach to duodenum G31.4 Conversion to anastomosis of stomach to duodenum G31.8 Other specified connection of stomach to duodenum G31.9 Unspecified connection of stomach to duodenum G31.0 Conversion from previous anastomosis of stomach to duodenum. G32.1 Bypass of stomach by anastomosis of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.2 Revision of anastomosis of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.3 Conversion to anastomosis of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.8 Other specified connection of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.9 Unspecified connection of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.0 Conversion from previous anastomosis of stomach to transposed jejunum G33.1 Bypass of stomach by anastomosis of stomach to jejunum nec G33.2 Revision of anastomosis of stomach to jejunum nec G33.3 Conversion to anastomosis of stomach to jejunum nec G33.8 Other specified other connection of stomach to jejunum G33.9 Unspecified other connection of stomach to jejunum G33.0 Conversion from previous anastomosis of stomach to jejunum nec. From April 2006 additional OPCS-4.3 codes were added: G28.4 Sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch G28.5 Sleeve gastrectomy NEC G31.5 Closure of connection of stomach to duodenum G31.6 Attention to connection of stomach to duodenum G32.4 Closure of connection of stomach to transposed jejunum G32.5 Attention to connection of stomach to transposed jejunum G33.5 Closure of connection of stomach to jejunum NEC G33.6 Attention to connection of stomach to jejunum G71.6 Duodenal switch. Gastric band Gastric band procedures may include the insertion, removal or adjustment of the gastric band. OPCS-4.2 There were no specific codes for gastric banding procedures in OPCS-4.2. OPCS-4.3 and OPCS-4.4. Insertion of a gastric band G30.3 Partitioning of stomach using band. Removal of a gastric band G38.7 Removal of gastric band. Adjustment of gastric band G30.8 Other specified plastic operations on stomach Y03.6 Adjustment to prosthesis in organ noc. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

School Milk

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers formulated plans to end the nursery milk scheme; [13507]

(2) whether (a) HM Treasury and (b) No. 10 Downing street were informed of his Department's proposals to end the nursery milk scheme before the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health wrote to the devolved administrations on the subject; [13508]

(3) whether the letter from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health to the devolved administrations on proposals to end the nursery milk scheme was copied to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in (i) HM Treasury and (ii) 10 Downing street (A) prior to and (B) at the time of issue; [13591]

(4) what the cost to the public purse of the nursery milk scheme was in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of its cost in each of the next five years. [13592]

Anne Milton: It is customary for Ministers, officials and special advisers to work together on the development of all policies as appropriate.

Letters seeking views on a draft proposal were sent by myself to my right. hon. Friend the Prime Minister, the Home Affairs committee and the devolved Administrations at the same time.

The following table shows the cost of the scheme in the last five financial years.

Financial year Cost £ (million) GB total

2005-06(1)

22.8

2006-07(1)

23.3

2007-08(1)

27.1

2008-09(1)

31.2

2009-10(1)

42.5

2010-11(2)

52.8

(1) Actual
(2) Estimated

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Social Services: Finance

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 827W, on direct payments, what funding his Department will provide to local authorities for the provision of social care in 2010-11. [15815]

Mr Burstow: In 2010-11, the Department has allocated £1.3 billion in revenue grants and £0.1 billion of capital grants to local authorities to support the provision of social care.

Treasury

Capital Gains Tax: Private Rented Housing

Luciana Berger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to make entrepreneurs' relief from capital gains tax available to those who rent out property in the private rented sector. [10589]

Mr Gauke: The Government believe that the current definition of entrepreneurs' relief accurately targets entrepreneurial business activity, offering a reduced capital gains tax rate to the vast majority of small business owners and material investors. Expanding the relief to cover those renting out property would not meet the policy objective.

Child Tax Credit

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families resident in Angus constituency were overpaid child tax credit between 2007-08 and 2009-10; and what the average overpayment was. [10525]

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families resident in Dundee East constituency were overpaid child tax credit between 2007-08 and 2009-10; and what the average overpayment was. [10532]

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families resident in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency were overpaid child tax credit between 2007-08 and 2009-10; and what the average overpayment was. [10521]

Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families resident in Moray constituency were overpaid child tax credit between 2007-08 and 2009-10; and what the average overpayment was. [10544]

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families resident in Banff and Buchan constituency were overpaid child tax credit between 2007-08 and 2009-10; and what the average overpayment was. [10538]


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Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families were overpaid child tax credit in Perth and North Perthshire constituency in each year from 2007-08 to 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of the average level of overpayment to such families and the average amount to be repaid. [10423]

Mr Gauke: The number of tax credits awards, and the amounts that were overpaid by each parliamentary constituency, are available in the HMRC publication "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Supplement on Payments. Geographical Analysis". The latest figures available are for 2008-09 and can be found at:

The average level of overpayment is also the average amount due to be repaid.

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with faith leaders on the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme. [10619]

Mr Gauke: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. It is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Pregnant Women: Grants

Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2010, Official Report, column 440W, on pregnant women: grants, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of providing information on the number of Health in Pregnancy grants made in Kingston upon Hull North constituency in 2009-10. [10344]

Mr Gauke: HMRC estimates that regional breakdowns of expenditure on the Health in Pregnancy Grant would take one full-time equivalent staff member around two weeks to compile the necessary data and complete the full quality assurance processes.

State Retirement Pensions

Mary Creagh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism he plans to determine changes to the basic state pension in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014. [14772]

Steve Webb: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 July 2010, Official Report, columns 255-57W.

International Development

North Africa: Food

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to alleviate food shortages in the Sahel region of North Africa; and if he will make a statement. [6732]


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Mr O'Brien: An estimated 4.6 million people across Niger, Chad and Mali are facing severe food shortages following two years of bad harvests and poor rains. A further 5 million people are 'moderately' food insecure and may become more vulnerable without additional support.

The UK Government are supporting United Nations agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations in the Sahel region to provide food aid to 160,000 people for three months; treat 27,500 children with severe acute malnutrition and 50,000 children with moderate acute malnutrition; provide cash for work or direct payments to 20,000 households; and provide seeds to more than 81,000 households.

Palestinians: International Assistance

Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. [2078]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains fragile. In terms of levels of malnutrition, disease and access to primary healthcare, the humanitarian situation is stable but remains a constant cause of concern. Food insecurity is particular serious, with 75% of Gazans (approximately 1,045,000 people) dependent on food aid. We estimate that the erosion of skills, infrastructure and institutions in the health and water sectors is likely to lead to further deterioration in the humanitarian situation over time.

Work and Pensions

Carer's Allowance

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men in each age group not in receipt of carer's allowance have an underlying entitlement to the allowance. [15845]

Maria Miller: The requested information is as follows:

People with entitlement to carer's allowance in Great Britain and abroad not in receipt of payment, by age group: February 2010.
Age of claimant Male Female

Total

182,530

262,150

Unknown age

10

-

Under 18

40

70

18-24

620

1,080

25-29

630

1,670

30-34

830

2,500

35-39

1,490

4,150

40-44

2,300

5,600

45-49

3,140

6,080

50-54

3,810

6,050

55-59

4,800

7,040

60-64

7,640

44,520

65 and over

157,220

183,370

Source: DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.

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Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of carers in receipt of carer's allowance who are caring for someone who is receiving the middle rate care component of disability living allowance. [15913]

Maria Miller: The information requested is not available.

The National Statistics datasets on carer's allowance claimants do not contain any information about the identity or characteristics of the person being cared for. Similarly, the datasets on disability living allowance (DLA) claimants do not contain any information about the identity or characteristics of any person caring for the DLA claimant. It would be possible to use additional information to link the two datasets, but to develop an understanding of the additional data source, develop the methodology and carry out and quality assure the results would incur disproportionate costs.

Child Support Agency

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to reorganise the work of the Child Support Agency to transfer legacy cases to new child support systems. [14903]

Maria Miller: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Departmental Chief Scientific Advisers

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions each Minister in his Department has met his Department's Chief Scientific Officer since 6 May 2010. [15438]


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Chris Grayling: The Department's chief scientific adviser meets regularly Ministers in the Department to discuss various aspects of policy; most notably incapacity benefit reform, health and safety, health conditions and matters related to the wider health, work and wellbeing agenda including mental health and employment.

Departmental Conferences

Graham Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to the public purse was of (a) his Department's stand, (b) its (i) Corporate IT, (ii) Departmental Security, (iii) Occupational and Health Psychology Services, (iv) Change Programme and (v) Shared Services divisions stands, (c) the Office for Disability Issues stand, (d) the Independent Living Fund stand and (e) the Tell Us Once Programme stand at Civil Service Live 2010. [12955]

Chris Grayling: The cost of these stands at Civil Service Live 2010 are as follows and were committed to by the previous Administration.

Organisation Cost including VAT (£)

(a)

(i)

Corporate IT

13,242.38

(ii)

Departmental Security

12,757.93

(iii)

Occupational & Health Psychology Service

12,549.85

(iv)

Change Programme

13,242.38

(v)

Shared Services

13,685.60

My Civil Service Pension-Cabinet Office, Shared Services

22,297.33

(b)

Office for Disability Issues

27,358.94

(c)

Independent Living Fund

4,555

(d)

Tell Us Once Campaign

11,530.55

Note:
The purpose of Civil Service Live was to provide a unique opportunity for civil servants across Government to be brought up to speed on important Government thinking, to be made aware of new ideas and initiatives, and to link up and work together more effectively and efficiently.

Departmental Databases

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments have been made to Capita under his Department's Filestores contract in each year of the contract. [15315]

Chris Grayling: Payments made by the Department for Work and Pensions to Capita Group plc under its contract for record storage in each year of the contract from 1 July 2004 to 31 March 2010 are presented in the following table.

Spend (£)

2005-06

10,627,665

2006-07

15,359,119

2007-08

22,668,849

2008-09

21,148,200

2009-10

18,729,424


In relation to planned expenditure for 2010-11, all areas of DWP intend to reduce third party costs against the 2009-10 baseline, either through contract renegotiation, demand management or collaboration with other departments to generate economies of scale.


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Disability Living Allowance

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men are in receipt of the (i) middle and (ii) higher rate care component of disability living allowance. [15843]

Maria Miller: The information is as follows:

DLA in payment by rate of care component, Great Britain: February 2010

All Female Male

Higher rate care component

726,600

372,300

354,300

Middle rate care component

1,043,510

486,930

556,580

Notes: 1. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 2. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; some additional disclosure control has also been applied. 3. Totals may not sum due to rounding. Source: DWP Information Directorate 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children are in receipt of each component of disability living allowance at each rate. [15844]

Maria Miller: The information is as follows:

Disability living allowance in payment for children, by type of component, Great Britain: February 2010

All children aged under 16 years

All mobility award type

325,690

Higher rate

61,920

Lower rate

163,750

Nil rate

100,010

All care award type

325,690

Higher rate

119,250

Middle rate

180,730

Lower rate

19,780

Nil rate

5,920

Notes: 1. Figures show the number of children aged under 16 years in receipt of an allowance, and exclude entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 2. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; some additional disclosure control has also been applied. 3. "Nil rate" indicates that this particular component is not in payment but the other component is in payment. 4. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 5. Claimants may receive both the care and mobility components. 6. Data is published at: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate.

Employment Schemes: Down's Syndrome

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on assisting adults with Down's syndrome to find work. [14907]

Maria Miller: The Government are committed to ensuring disabled people, including adults with Down's syndrome, are given the right support they need to get a job and remain in employment.

As part of this commitment we will introduce a new programme, Work Choice, from 25 October 2010. Work Choice will replace the existing fragmented specialist
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disability provision and will help into work disabled people who face the most complex and long-term barriers to employment.

Access to Work provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by people with a disability, where this goes beyond what would be reasonable for an employer to meet. Access to Work supported 37,210 disable people during 2009-10.

The Coalition Agreement announced:

We are developing plans for delivering this commitment and further details will be announced in due course.

We are working to ensure through Work Choice and the Work Programme, the widest possible range of help to return to work is available to disabled people and those who support and advise them. The introduction of the Work Programme will result in new arrangements for supporting people on out of work benefits. We aim to have the Work Programme in place nationally by the summer of 2011. It will support a wide range of customers, including those who may previously have been receiving incapacity benefits for many years.

Funeral Payments

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time for funeral payments was (a) in Bristol and (b) nationally in the latest period for which figures are available. [14090]

Steve Webb: Funeral payments are processed in Bristol for the whole of the south-west region. For the financial year-to-date (April to August 2010), the average processing time for funeral payments was 17.6 working days for the south-west region and 16.4 working days for Great Britain.

Future Jobs Fund

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Jobcentre Plus staff on the Future Jobs Fund. [14885]

Chris Grayling: The Minister for Employment has regular meetings with the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus about all aspects of Jobcentre Plus performance.

Matthew Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of continuing the Future Jobs Fund. [15224]

Chris Grayling: Future Jobs Fund expenditure in 2009-10 was £72 million and the estimated spend for
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2010-11 is £420 million. Expenditure decisions for 2011-12 are subject to the spending review. Significant savings are expected from the £1 billion the previous Government had committed to the delivery of the Future Jobs Fund. Around 100,000 jobs will be created.

Future Jobs Fund: West Lothian

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations with registered business premises in the West Lothian Council area have been approved to provide employment under the Future Jobs Fund. [15928]

Chris Grayling: The Department does not hold records of all of the organisations that are providing employment through the Future Jobs Fund. Details of lead accountable bodies who have been successful in receiving FJF awards are available here:

Housing Benefit

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit claim in each local authority by occupants of (a) local authority housing, (b) former local authority housing, (c) registered social landlord housing and (d) private sector tenanted housing was in the latest period for which figures are available. [13730]

Steve Webb: A copy of the available information has been placed in the Library.

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on rental rates for properties (a) between the 30th and 50th and (b) below the 30th percentile of broad market rental area (BMRA) in (i) Birmingham and (ii) England of proposals to reduce the maximum local housing allowance to the rent of the 30th percentile of BMRA; [14239]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effects on areas with (a) high levels of unemployment and (b) levels of unemployment comparable with the national average of proposals to reduce the maximum local housing allowance to the rent of the 30th percentile of broad rental market areas. [14207]

Steve Webb: The Department published a document on 'Impacts of Housing Benefit proposals: Changes to the Local Housing Allowance to be introduced in 2011-12' on 23 July, which includes breakdowns at the local authority level and an assessment of the impact on availability of accommodation. A copy of the document has been placed in the library.

The Department will publish a full impact assessment for the 2011 -12 changes to the local housing allowance arrangements when it lays the relevant legislation in November 2010.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value was of the discretionary housing payments allocated to each local authority in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11; and
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what estimate he made of how much of that allocation each local authority spent in each such year. [15614]

Steve Webb: For each of the three years, the Department for Work and Pensions has made available £20 million to contribute towards discretionary housing payments.

A table has been placed in the Library showing each local authority's allocation for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, and their reported expenditure for 2008-09 and 2009-10. The table also shows each authority's initial estimated expenditure for 2010-11.

The following table is a summary of the total amounts allocated each year, against expenditure.

£

DWP allocation DWP allocation spent by the local authorities Amount of additional expenditure spent by the local authorities

2008-09

20,000,000

18,708,246

2,385,851

2009-10

20,000,000

18,942,628

2,856,076

2010-11

20,000,000

(1)19,516,357

(1)3,593,297

(1)Estimated.

Housing Benefit: East Lothian

Fiona O'Donnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who are employed and in receipt of housing benefit in the area most closely corresponding to East Lothian constituency for which figures are available. [13542]

Steve Webb: Information is only available for those housing benefit recipients who are not on a passported benefit, namely income support, pension credit guarantee credit, income-based job-seeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance.

The information for East Lothian local authority is as follows:

All HB recipients Of which, non-passported Of which, non-passported and in employment

Great Britain

4,751,530

1,490,530

650,550

East Lothian

6,780

2,250

710

Source:
Single Housing Benefit Extract, May 2010.

Housing Benefit: Gateshead

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of housing benefit in Gateshead borough; and how many are (a) not of working age, (b) in work and (c) not in work. [15646]

Steve Webb: Complete information is not available.

Statistics are only available for those housing benefit recipients in employment who are not on a passported benefit. The available information is shown in the tables provided.


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Housing benefit recipients by elderly/working age-Gateshead local authority, May 2010
Gateshead LA Number

All HB recipients

21,680

All aged under 65

14,180

All aged 65 and over

7,500


Housing benefit recipients by employment status-Gateshead local authority, May 2010
Gateshead LA Number

All HB recipients

21,680

Non passported in employment

2,010

Non passported not in employment

4,280

All passported

15,390

Notes:
1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest ten.
3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. An extended payment is a payment that may be received for a further four weeks when they start working full-time, work more hours or earn more money.
4. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data is available monthly from November 2008 and May 2010 is the most recent available.
5. Data from SHBE incorporates the local authority changes from 1 April 2009.
6. Figures are at 13 May 2010.
7. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
8. Passported status does not include recipients with unknown passported status.
9. People claiming housing benefit not in receipt of a passported benefit are recorded as being in employment if their local authority has recorded employment income from either the main claimant, or partner of claimant (if applicable), in calculating the housing benefit award.
10. Age groups are based on the age on the count date (second Thursday in the month), of either:
(a) the recipient if they are single, or
(b) the elder of the recipient or partner if claiming as a couple.
Source:
Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE)

Housing Benefit: Livingston

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of residents in Livingston constituency in receipt of local housing allowance in 2010-11 whose entitlement will be reduced from April 2011; [15929]

(2) what estimate he has made of the change in monetary value of entitlement of local housing allowance among residents of the Livingston constituency in receipt of local housing allowance in 2010-11 and 2011-12. [15930]

Steve Webb: The information is not available at constituency level.

The Department published a document on 'Impacts of Housing Benefit proposals: Changes to the Local Housing Allowance to be introduced in 2011-12' on 23 July 2010, which includes analysis at the local authority and regional level. A copy of the document has been placed in the Library.

Housing Benefit: Local Housing Allowance

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 1139W, on housing benefit,
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what estimate has been made of the effect of the Government's proposed changes to housing benefit and local housing allowance on the number of people living in poverty. [13885]

Steve Webb: The package of measures announced in the June Budget and being introduced for the Local Housing Allowance in 2011-12, including the removal of the £15 excess planned by the previous administration, will achieve savings of around £1 billion by 2015-16. The other changes to Housing Benefit announced in the June Budget are estimated to save a further £1.1 billion in 2015-16. Overall, this represents a reduction of 9% in the total 2015-16 expenditure on Housing Benefit.

The reduction in Housing Benefit expenditure will reduce the amount customers receive from the Government towards their rent. However, the purpose of reform is to influence rent levels and housing choices, which is likely at least in part to mitigate the impact of these measures on poverty.

The impact of the Housing Benefit measures should also not be considered in isolation of the wider package of measures that have been announced; importantly the extra money distributed to families with children through the tax credit system.

Most Housing Benefit customers will be affected by the changes announced to Housing Benefit in the June Budget so there is no disproportionate impact on any particular working age family type within Housing Benefit. However, the changes have a larger impact on very large families and also on households of all sizes in inner London.

Discretionary Housing Payments are currently £20 million a year, and will increase to £30 million in 2011-12 and then to £60 million a year from 2012-13. In discussion with local authorities, these resources will give extra support to areas where the impacts are greatest. It will give authorities more flexibility to provide additional support where it is most needed.

Housing Benefit: Reform

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to meet the Local Government Association to discuss proposed changes to housing benefit; and if he will make a statement. [15327]

Steve Webb: The Department has consulted formally with the Local Government Association, and the other associations which represent local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, on the first set of draft regulations to bring in the proposed changes to housing benefit. Additionally, officials meet regularly with the local authority associations to discuss policy changes and the impact on local authority operations.

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals for a transition period for implementation of the proposed changes to housing benefit in respect of local authority areas with the highest (a) average rents and (b) proportion of housing stock in the private rented sector. [15328]


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Steve Webb: We have no plans to introduce transitional protection for households affected by the proposed changes to housing benefit as we have provided a substantial increase in the discretionary housing payments budget which will allow local authorities to give additional support where it is most needed. We have referred the proposed legislation to the Social Security Advisory Committee and will respond to its report in due course.

Housing Benefit: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households that receive housing benefit in social rented housing are classed as under-occupied in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow East constituency. [14303]

Steve Webb: Figures for under occupation among housing benefit recipients in the social rented sector can be estimated from the DWP's Family Resources Survey. This survey collects detailed information from around 25,000 households each year.

The Family Resources Survey is sufficiently robust to allow figures to be broken down for Scotland, Wales and the English regions. In Scotland it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 households in the social rented sector, in receipt of housing benefit, where the accommodation is under occupied.

Information about the size of accommodation occupied by housing benefit recipients in the social rented sector is not currently collected for housing benefit purposes at a local level. As a result it is not possible to provide comparable figures for Glasgow or Glasgow East constituency.

Incapacity Benefit: Spinal Injuries

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants qualified as a result of spinal or back-related conditions or injuries in the most recent period for which figures are available. [14264]

Chris Grayling: The information is provided in the following table.


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The number and proportion of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants with injuries of the back as their main disabling condition-February 2010

Caseload Proportion (%)

All

2,176,530

-

Other deforming dorsopathies

1,710

0.1

Dorsalgia

175,810

8.1

Ankylosing spondylitis

2,950

0.1

Other inflammatory spondylopathies

5,120

0.2

Sprain/strain

900

0.0

Spondylosis

16,790

0.8

Cervical disc disorders

510

0.0

Other invertebral disc disorders

16,500

0.8

Other dorsopathies not elsewhere classified

330

0.0

Dislocation sprain and strain of joints and ligaments at neck level

1,160

0.1

Dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and Ligaments of lumbar spine and pelvis

1,120

0.1

Other injuries of spine and trunk

35,310

1.6

Tear/wrench of muscles

120

0.0

Notes:
1. Data are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation. To qualify for IB/SDA, claimants have to undertake a medical assessment of incapacity for work called the Personal Capability Assessment. Therefore, the medical condition recorded on IB/SDA claim form does not itself confer entitlement to incapacity benefits. So for example, the decision for a customer claiming IB on grounds of injuries of the spine and trunk would be based on their ability to carry out the range of activities in the Personal Capability Assessment.
3. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate 100% WPLS

Independent Living Fund

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, columns 84-85W, on the Independent Living Fund, whether he plans to re-open the Independent Living Fund to new applicants. [15785]

Maria Miller: As set out in my statement to the House on 26 July 2010, Official Report, columns 77-78WS, we will consider the long-term future of the Independent Living Fund as part of the forthcoming spending review, working with the trustees of the fund, disabled people's organisations, and other key stakeholders including local authorities.

Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Mr Burley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to assist people in areas where the local Jobcentre Plus centre has been closed to use alternative centres. [15126]

Chris Grayling: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

Pensioners: Cost of Living

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department used to assess the suitability of the consumer price index as a measure of the changes in the cost of living of pensioners. [15127]

Steve Webb: The Department examined the key features of the Consumer Prices Index, including the population coverage, basket of goods and methodology employed in assembling the index.

Poverty: Disability

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the level of disability poverty. [15550]

Maria Miller: Estimates of the level of disability poverty are published in the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) disability equality indicators sourced from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. HBAI uses household income adjusted (or "equivalised") for household size and composition, to provide a proxy for standard of living.

The latest available data covering 2008-09, show that 3.9 million individuals who live in families with at least one disabled member live in relative income poverty (defined as living in a household with incomes below 60 per cent. of the contemporary, equivalised, median household income, before housing costs). This equates to 23 per cent. of all individuals, compared to 16 per cent. of individuals in families with no disabled member.

The data also show that there are 4.4 million individuals who live in families with at least one disabled member who live in relative low income, on an after housing costs basis. This equates to 26 per cent. of all individuals, compared to 21 per cent. of individuals in families with no disabled member.

Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many first-tier appeals against benefit decisions were not attended by a representative of his Department between April 2009 and March 2010; and of those how many appeals were granted. [13500]

Maria Miller: The information requested is not available in respect of most social security benefits. Such information as is available is as follows.

The data that are available refer to claims for state pensions. Between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, 1,475 state pension appeals were not attended by a representative of this Department. Of those 201 were found in the appellants' favour.

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals his Department has made against appeals upheld against its benefits decisions in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse of such appeals was. [13502]

Maria Miller: The Department for Work and Pensions has taken 588 appeals to the upper tribunal (previously social security commissioners) from the first-tier tribunal (previously appeal tribunal) in cases where the first-tier tribunal found for the claimant against the Department in the last five years ending 31 March 2010.

The cost to the Department for Work and Pensions over five years of taking these appeals was approximately £400,000.

The figures for each of the last five years is as follows:


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Appeals to upper tribunal by Secretary of State Cost to DWP of each appeal (£) Total cost to DWP for all appeals (£)

1 April 2005- 31 March 2006

85

640

54,400

1 April 2006- 31 March 2007

101

665

67,165

1 April 2007- 31 March 2008

167

671

112,057

1 April 2008- 31 March 2009

125

693

86,625

1 April 2009- 31 March 2010

110

715

78,650


Social Security Benefits: Disability

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Gateshead borough are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) employment and support allowance. [15648]

Maria Miller: The answer is provided in the following table:

Employment support allowance claimants, incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants, and disability living allowance claimants: Feb ruary 2010.
Local Authority ESA IB/SDA DLA

Gateshead

2,380

9,660

13,340

Notes:
1. Incapacity Benefit was replaced by Employment Support Allowance (ESA) from October 2008.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, some additional disclosure has been applied.
3. Caseload for DLA shows 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.
4. IB/SDA 'claimants' include people in receipt of benefit and also those who fail the contributions conditions but receive a National Insurance Credit, i.e. 'credits only cases'.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100% data.

Social Security Benefits: Kent

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Chatham and Aylesford constituency and (b) Medway were in receipt of (i) disability living allowance, (ii) employment and support allowance and (iii) incapacity benefit on the latest date for which figures are available. [15097]

Chris Grayling: The information is provided in the following table:

Employment support allowance, incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and disability living allowance claimants: February 2010

ESA IB/SDA DLA

Chatham and Aylesford parliamentary constituency

790

2,910

4,600

Medway local authority

2,020

7,680

12,560

Notes:
1. Incapacity Benefit was replaced by Employment Support Allowance (ESA) from October 2008.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, some additional disclosure has been applied.
3. Caseload for DLA 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.
4. Constituencies used are for the Westminster Parliament of May 2010.
5. IB/SDA 'Claimants' include people in receipt of benefit and also those who fail the contributions conditions but receive a National Insurance Credit, i.e. 'credits only cases'.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions
Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to bring forward proposals to involve NHS healthcare professionals in place of external contractors in the benefit eligibility assessment process. [15099]


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Chris Grayling: The Government are not currently considering any proposals to involve NHS health care professionals in place of external contractors, when assessing entitlement to benefits.

Capability for work is assessed by independent health care professionals employed by Atos Healthcare, who provide advice to the Department's decision-makers. When making a decision on entitlement to employment and support allowance or incapacity benefit a decision-maker must take account of all the available information, including any evidence from an individual's GP or other professionals.

Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations his Department contracts to provide mental health assessments to determine benefit claimants' fitness to work; what steps his Department takes to determine the level of expertise of practitioners within such organisations to make such assessments; and if he will make a statement. [14894]

Chris Grayling: The work capability assessment, which assesses capability for work in order to determine entitlement to employment and support allowance, and the personal capability assessment, which assesses capability for work in order to determine entitlement to incapacity benefit, are carried out on behalf of the Department by health care professionals employed by Atos Healthcare.

Health care professionals are required to have a minimum of three years post-registration experience and this should include broad based medical practice in roles that have clear relevance to a career in disability assessment medicine. Only in exceptional cases and solely at the discretion of the DWP Chief Medical Adviser, may that requirement for a minimum of three years post registration experience be waived.

The DWP Chief Medical Adviser on behalf of the Secretary of State must approve all health care professionals before they can carry out assessments. Approval is only granted when a health care professional has undergone the required training, successfully achieved the required level of competence and demonstrated that their work meets the required quality standards.

All health care professionals receive training in mental health issues as part of their induction training and are required to follow evidence based protocols relating to mental health conditions. In addition, all health care
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professionals are required to engage in a programme of continuing medical education which includes modules on mental health issues. All training material is developed in conjunction with and agreed by the Chief Medical Adviser.

The work of all health care professionals is subject to random quality audit by a system agreed with the DWP and which is conducted by experienced medical auditors within Atos Healthcare. The quality of Atos Healthcare's audit is validated by senior medical auditors from Atos Healthcare and doctors working for the Chief Medical Adviser to the DWP.

The work capability assessment was designed and subsequently reviewed in close consultation with organisation representing people with mental health conditions. We have now commissioned the first of five independent reviews of the WCA and are pleased that Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, is sitting on the review's Scrutiny Group, which will provide advice and challenge to the lead reviewer.

Social Security Benefits: Scotland

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effect on the Scottish economy of planned reductions in incapacity benefit and disability living allowance payments to people in Scotland. [14157]

Chris Grayling: We have not carried out specific analysis looking at the effect of reforms to the benefit system on the Scottish economy.

An impact assessment was carried out for the Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) Regulations 2010. These regulations provide for the reassessment of incapacity benefit customers. A copy of this impact assessment can be found at:

Winter Fuel Payments

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 60 to 65, (b) 65 to 70 and (c) 70 to 80 years old were paid the winter fuel allowance in (i) England, (ii) Dudley Borough and (iii) Dudley North constituency in each year since 2005. [15130]

Steve Webb: The information is in the tables.

Winter fuel allowance
Winter 2008-09 2007-08 20060-07 2005-06 2004-05

Area/age

England

10,593,180

10,345,380

10,028,780

9,864,190

9,761,980

60-64

3,279,630

3,147,940

3,147,940

2,695,140

2,663,660

65-69

2,588,350

2,527,770

2,527,770

2,517,720

2,512,540

70-79

4,065,270

4,006,620

4,006,620

3,934,020

3,919,080

80 and over

2,475,780

2,428,200

2,428,200

2,344,480

2,314,890

Unknown

12,110

12,030

11,830

11,622

9,010


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Winter fuel allowance
Winter 2008-09 200-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05

Area/age

Dudley local authority

69,270

67,950

66,170

65,250

64,600

60 to 64

18,040

18,000

17,040

16,330

16,210

65 to 69

15,100

14,650

14,580

14,760

14,820

70 to 79

23,210

22,930

22,480

22,120

21,880

80 and over

12,830

12,310

11,990

11,750

11,590

unknown

80

70

70

300

110


Winter fuel allowance
Winter 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05

Area/age

Dudley North parliamentary constituency (May 2005 boundary)

19,690

19,490

19,220

19,180

19,170

60 to 64

4,610

4,660

4,500

4,440

4,530

65 to 69

4,320

4,290

4,400

4,570

4,650

70 to 79

7,180

7,100

6,990

6,860

6,760

80 and over

3,550

3,410

3,310

3,230

3,200

unknown

30

20

20

80

30

N otes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and therefore totals may not sum.
2. Local authorities and parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory
3. Constituencies used are for the Westminster Parliament of May 2005.
4. "Unknown" are mainly cases where the payment is actually paid to the IS/JSA claimant whose partner will be aged 60 and over. In these cases the claimants age will be under 60.
5. Age groups provided are standard groupings.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate 100% data.

Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former UK residents in each foreign country were in receipt of winter fuel payments in each month of the last five years. [15050]

Steve Webb: Winter Fuel Payments are annual lump-sum payments with the majority paid in November and December each year. European Community law means that some benefits acquired in one member state must be paid to people when they move to another country within the European economic area. Winter Fuel Payments are only paid to former UK residents living in the European economic area if they qualified for payment before leaving the UK. The number of Winter Fuel Payments made to former UK residents living abroad is in the following table.


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Winter fuel payments

2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05

Gibraltar

168

135

99

88

73

Republic of Ireland

5,969

5,093

4,271

3,450

2,367

Austria

177

132

113

86

45

Belgium

178

145

124

103

65

Denmark

87

68

49

49

32

Finland

55

46

40

29

21

France

16,077

13,562

11,458

9,412

6,472

Germany

983

797

645

542

369

Greece

1,111

864

653

478

271

Italy

1,114

921

727

587

360

Luxembourg

20

15

16

13

9

Netherlands

224

203

169

143

83

Norway

61

48

30

20

13

Portugal

1,510

1,163

907

720

452

Spain

31,145

27,270

24,615

21,271

16,215

Sweden

169

121

90

67

40

Switzerland

247

164

111

87

45

Iceland

7

2

4

5

4

Liechtenstein

1

1

1

1

0

Malta

870

694

572

414

0

Republic of Estonia

4

8

7

7

0

Republic of Latvia

27

14

12

5

0

Republic of Lithuania

8

6

3

3

0

Hungary

156

116

85

57

0

Poland

190

149

113

68

0

Cyprus

4,675

3,763

2,991

2,170

0

Republic of Slovenia

18

11

4

2

0

The Czech Republic

32

19

8

3

0

The Slovak Republic

6

3

2

2

0

Total

65,289

55,533

47,919

39,882

26,936

Notes:
1. 2008-09 is the latest year for which information is available.
2. Since 2007 people moving to Bulgaria and Romania have been eligible to continue receiving Winter Fuel Payments. As the payment system can not yet make automatic payments to this group no relevant statistics are available.
Source:
Winter Fuel Payment System

Winter Fuel Payments: Kent

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of people in (a) Chatham and Aylesford constituency and (b) Medway who are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance who are aged (i) between 60 and 65 years, (ii) between 66 and 70 years, (iii) between 71 and 75 years, (iv) between 76 and 80 years and (v) 81 years and older. [15114]

Steve Webb: The latest, available information on the number of individuals in receipt of winter fuel payments is in the following table.

Age Chatham and Aylesford parliamentary constituency Medway local authority

60-64

5,520

14,010

65-69

3,930

9,950

70-74

3,300

8,380

75-79

2,420

6,570

80 or older

2,950

8,340

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Numbers are for 2008-09, the latest year for which figures are available.
3. Parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate 100% data


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