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Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the £1.7 billion funding for Jobcentre Plus announced in the 2009 Budget will be allocated for (a) additional staff at each grade and (b) contractors. [273879]

Jim Knight: Budget 2009 announced an additional £1.7 billion to DWP for Jobcentre Plus customers over the next two years, to 2010-11. £1.1 billion was allocated to Jobcentre Plus for staff and infrastructure to deliver front line services. £0.6 billion was allocated for Employment Programmes to be delivered by third party provision.

A breakdown of the planned staff costs over the two years by grade is currently unavailable. Further detailed planning is in progress to ensure that we can manage customer demand with the staff resource we have available.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to reply to the letter to her predecessor of 18 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S Mahmood. [283361]

Jim Knight: A reply was sent to my right hon. Friend on 30 June 2009.

Pensions

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations her Department has received from local authorities on the implications for local authority budgets of the provisions of the draft Pensions (Automatic Enrolment) Regulations 2009. [284095]

Angela Eagle: My Department has received two written representations from the Local Government Employers and one written representation from the Communities and Local Government about the implications for local authority budgets of the draft Pensions (Automatic Enrolment) Regulations 2009.

Progress2Work Scheme

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many caseworkers in (a) England, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) Peterborough constituency offer assistance to jobseekers through the Progress2Work scheme. [281720]

Jim Knight: This information regarding the number of caseworkers in England is not collated centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. One caseworker offers support in Cambridgeshire and one caseworker offers support in Peterborough.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers did not remain in work or training for more than 13 weeks under the Progress2Work scheme since its inception. [280627]

Jim Knight: Between its inception in 2001 to 30 April 2009, progress2work has assisted 13,471 customers into employment and placed 18,832 onto a range of training
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courses. Of those customers who we know have found work, 8,243 did not remain in employment for longer than 13 weeks and of those customers who we know found training, 5,400 did not remain in it for more than 13 weeks.

Notes:

Source:

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many caseworkers in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Castle Point are offering support to jobseekers through the Progress2Work scheme. [280628]

Jim Knight: Information on the number of caseworkers in England offering support to jobseekers through the progress2work scheme is not collated centrally and would be available only at a disproportionate cost. This is because the size and volume of each progress2work contract varies substantially across each Jobcentre Plus District. However, we recommend that progress2work contractors employ one caseworker per 50 customers.

Five caseworkers are offering support in Essex and one caseworker is offering support in Castle Point.

Social Security Benefits

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) maximum period between receipt of an application for (i) housing and (ii) council tax benefit and the first payment arising from such a claim was in the most recent period for which figures are available. [283452]

Helen Goodman [holding answer 2 July 2009]: In the fourth quarter of 2007-08 the national average time for processing new housing benefit claims was 25.5 calendar days and for new council tax benefit claims was 23.9 calendar days.

For the same period the maximum time for processing new housing benefit claims at local authority level (not case level) was an average of calendar 66.6 days, and the maximum time for processing new council tax benefit claims at local authority level (not case level) was an average of 62.2 calendar days.

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the amount of (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit, (c) industrial injuries disablement benefit, (d) carer's allowance, (e) jobseeker's allowance and (f) incapacity benefit unclaimed in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [284222]

Jim Knight: The latest estimates of take-up of means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance (income-based) are published in the report 'Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2007-08'. A copy has been placed in the Library.


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Estimates of the sum of unclaimed industrial injuries disablement benefit, carer's allowance and incapacity benefit are not available.

Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much (a) citizens of other EU member states and (b) non-EU citizens claimed in benefits in the UK in 2008; [284875]

(2) how many (a) citizens of other EU member states and (b) non-EU citizens claimed benefits in the UK in 2008. [284882]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not available.

Social Security Benefits: Applications

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit have been (i) made and (ii) processed in (A) 2007-08, (B) 2008-09 and (C) 2009-10 to date. [283453]

Helen Goodman [holding answer 2 July 2009]: Data are not yet available for the years 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In 2007-08 1,380,865 housing benefit applications and 1,532,535 council tax benefit applications were processed by local authorities.

State Retirement Pensions

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had been waiting for over four weeks to receive state pension payments at the latest date for which information is available. [282159]

Angela Eagle: This information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

State Retirement Pensions: Females

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1381-82W, on home responsibilities protection, how many women have been contacted; how many women have received lump sums of backdated pension; how much has been paid in backdated pensions; and what estimate she has made of the amount which will have been paid out by the end of the exercise. [284243]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 3 July 2 009]: The exercise to contact women who may have missed out on home responsibilities protection (HRP) started on 6 July. It is expected to take around two years to complete. We are not yet able to give an estimate of the amount which will have been paid out by the end of the exercise. Our preliminary analysis that somewhere in the region of 100,000 to 150,000 women may not be receiving their full entitlement to state pension because HRP has not been applied in its calculation is unchanged.


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Children, Schools and Families

Apprentices: Unemployment

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people became unemployed after ending an apprenticeship in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in 2008. [282799]

Mr. Iain Wright: We do not currently hold data centrally about the total number of apprentices made redundant. Arrangements are in place from 1 August 2009 onwards to record the number of apprentices who are made redundant. Working with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) we have established a matching service to help apprentices at risk of redundancy to find alternative employment and to complete their apprenticeship. More generally, providers and the LSC have procedures to advise and relocate apprentices, in cases where providers or employers fail, to help ensure that they are able to continue in work and complete their apprenticeship. The £140 million package announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for an additional 35,000 apprenticeship places will help fund new provision in both the public sector and private sector, and will extend the opportunities available to people facing redundancy.

Boarding Schools: Children in Care

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils who boarded at school were recorded by the 2009 school census as being looked after children. [282616]

Mr. Coaker: Provisional figures show that there were 390 pupils who boarded at school and were classed as being looked after as at January 2009.

The information provided is from the School Census however this is not the usual source of data for information on looked after children. Usually we would use the looked after children database but this does not hold all the details requested here.

The School Census does not cover all looked after children; information is not collected for pupils in alternative provision, including pupil referral units, FE colleges, voluntary provision and those not in education or training. It is also possible that the School Census undercounts the number of looked after children in primary, secondary and special schools.

Building Schools for the Future Programme

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local education authorities have been successful in one or more applications for funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how much funding has been awarded to each such authority; [282218]

(2) which local education authorities that have been successful in one or more applications under the Building Schools for the Future programme contain three-tier schools in either all or part of the authority. [282223]


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Mr. Coaker: The following tables set out the funding agreed for local authorities in BSF.

Funding (£000)
Wave Local authority Conventional PFI credits

1

Bradford

9,461

111,904

1

Bristol

31,959

157,173

1

Greenwich

57,226

183,510

1

Knowsley

3,508

249,984

1

Lancashire

77,895

254,252

1

Leeds

166,767

185,743

1

Leicester

164,889

151,317

1

Lewisham

17,793

118,971

1

Manchester

203,620

0

1

Newcastle(1)

84,968

169,186

1

Newham

98,153

66,484

1

Sheffield

76,375

88,999

1

Solihull

33,686

86,790

1

South Tyneside and Gateshead (joint project)

158,555

68,672

1

Sunderland

120,506

0

1

Waltham Forest

39,988

53,910

2

Birmingham

260,605

103,655

2

Hackney

152,016

0

2

Haringey

176,634

0

2

Islington

84,711

112,838

2

Kingston upon Hull

278,811

151,627

2

Lambeth

87,123

0

2

Liverpool

162,683

0

2

Middlesbrough

115,869

0

2

Nottingham

146,512

75,913

2

Tower Hamlets

102,470

0

3

Barnsley

28,498

332,585

3

Bradford

10,183

214,782

3

Derbyshire

60,274

64,945

3

Durham

70,041

90,001

3

Kent(1)

173,164

98,840

3

Lewisham

68,439

112,499

3

Luton

122,774

36,279

3

North Lincolnshire

89,416

0

3

Salford

16,953

222,677

3

Sandwell

137,199

62,874

3

Southwark

149,596

89,672

3

Tameside

80,161

131,664

3

Westminster

159,603

0

4

Blackburn

85,032

118,636

4

Bristol

133,515

0

4

Cambridgeshire(1)

86,514

62,213

4

Coventry

201,811

366,941

4

Essex

30,637

168,762

4

Hertfordshire(1)

134,461

148,196

4

Rochdale

122,711

131,992

4

Sheffield

232,563

38,393

4

Somerset(1)

7,927

180,442

4

Telford and Wrekin

225,724

0

5

Camden

179,648

135,228

5

Derby

193,322

115,783

5

Ealing

235,005

152,624

5

Greenwich

76,506

62,342

5

Hartlepool

109,737

0

5

Lambeth

222,706

0

5

St. Helens

96,565

124,368

5

Sandwell

128,949

103,141

5

Wolverhampton

279,968

143,421

(1) Authorities which have three-tier schools in all or part of the authority.

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