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Results 1–20 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (10 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (10 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We estimate that identity related benefit fraud costs the Department £50 million per annum. This figure is derived from national data produced by the Regional Benefit Review process, which by examining a percentage of cases is designed to uncover fraud and error in income support and jobseeker's allowance. Information is not available as to how many people have claimed benefit on the basis...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (10 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Housing benefit non-dependants by deduction type and tenure, Great Britain: May 2003 -- Thousands and percentages All tenures Registered social landlord Local authority Private Total with non-dependants (5507180021)270 80 158 32 As a percentage of all HB claimants 7.1% 2.1% 4.2% 0.9% Of which: Attracting deductions for...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Custody (Legal Expenses) (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Ongoing legal expenses incurred through contesting custody and access arrangements are not included in a lone parent's necessary expenditure when an assessment is made by the Child Support Agency under either the old or new schemes.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: holding answer 7 December 2004 The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. Paul Goodman, dated 11 January 2005 In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about he Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Departmental Policies (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We have undertaken a fundamental overhaul of the welfare system, transforming it to an active system that fights poverty, creates opportunity and helps people become self-sufficient and independent. Since 2001 the Government have significantly extended and improved civil rights for disabled people in areas such as employment, education, access to goods and services and transport. Disabled...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment and Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I represented the UK for the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Brussels on 7 December 2004, accompanied by my hon. friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services (Mr. Sutcliffe). The Council reached political agreement on a draft directive protecting workers from the risks of exposure to optical...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income Support (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the following table: Income support claimants and supplementary benefit claimants by gender Male Female 1979 572,000 560,000 1980 798,000 625,000 1981 1,233,000 752,000 1982 1,591,000 895,000 1983 1,714,000 984,000 1984 1,856,000 1,070,000 1985(5507190015) Not available Not available 1986 2,017,000 1,204,000 1987...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (17 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I refer my right hon. Friend to the written answer I gave the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) on 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1723W.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (17 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Poverty is about more than low income; it also impacts on the way people live—their health, housing and the quality of their environment. The sixth annual "Opportunity for all" report (Cm 6239), published in September 2004, sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress against this strategy....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Post Office Card Account (17 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Department places no limitation on the amount of pension or benefit that an individual can withdraw from a Post Office card account. However, the Post Office card account has a daily limit on withdrawals of £600 unless three days notice is given. This is explained to customers in the terms and conditions when they apply to open an account.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Poverty (Wales) (19 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Poverty is about more than low income; it also impacts on the way people live—their health, housing and the quality of their environment. The sixth annual "Opportunity for all" report (Cm 6239), published in September 2004, sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress against this strategy....

Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (19 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: On behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI) has today announced its phase 11 programme of work. BFI will be undertaking a number of shorter inspections focused on the areas of poor local authority performance in the administration of housing benefits. Seven inspections will focus on authorities that are slow in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. John Mann dated 20 January 2005 In reply to your recent parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. You asked...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Income related benefits, such as income support, income based jobseekers allowance and pension credit, are intended to help people whose resources are insufficient to meet their day-to-day living expenses. Any remuneration paid to board members is treated in the same way as other types of earnings and attracts the normal £5, £10 or £20 earnings disregard. However, expenses are fully...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Treasury: National Insurance Fund (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I have been asked to reply. The information is in the following table. £ million Retirement pension Incapacity benefit 1999–2000 37,775 6,790 2000–01 38,718 6,766 2001–02 41,893 6,749 2002–03 44,338 6,758 2003–04 46,457 6,718 Notes: 1. Retirement pension includes contributory retirement pension basic and earnings related expenditure. 2. Incapacity...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (24 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. Andrew Turner, dated 24 January 2005 In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. You...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (24 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. David Drew, dated 24 January 2005 In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. You asked...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (24 Jan 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Ashford (Mr. Green), on 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 568W.


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