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Results 181–200 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Payment (10 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Department has not issued any guidance to Post Office Ltd. concerning those pensioners who have not yet provided account details or opened a Post Office card account. The responsibility for issuing guidance to Post Office staff on benefit and pensions matters rests with Post Office Ltd., following the appropriate level of consultation with DWP.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Payment (10 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: None. The Pension Service would not issue instructions to Post Office staff to withdraw an order book as part of the process of conversion to direct payment.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Recipients (High Peak) (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Number of people receiving income support (IS), incapacity benefit (IB) jobseeker's allowance (JSA) in High Peak in August 1997 and August 2004 1997 2004 IS 4,100 2,200 JSA 1,595 835 IB 3,200 3,400 Notes: 1. IS and IB figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding. JSA figures are not rounded. 2. IS and IB...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Credit Union Accounts (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Benefit recipients may, at their request, have benefits paid into a Credit Union account. This is a change of approach by the Department, which until recently advised benefit recipients against payment of benefits direct into any Credit Union. The change reflects discussion with the Association of British Credit Unions that in some situations such payments will now meet the needs of benefit...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Local authorities are obliged to administer housing benefit in accordance with the appropriate legislation. In order to assist them in this the Department provides them with a range of guidance material including the Housing Benefit Guidance Manual, which is updated regularly. We also issues circulars giving guidance on administration, subsidy and fraud. The number of such circulars issued in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Advance Payments (Bank Holidays) (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The vast majority of customers who were due to be paid on bank holidays over the Christmas and new year period received payments in advance as planned. An IT failure resulted in some of the customers who were due payment on 3 January not receiving the advance payment that we had planned for 31 December. These customers were paid on 5 January. We have worked with our IT partners to improve...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Sure Start (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested; the available information is in the table. Sure Start maternity grant (SSMG) awards for Greater Manchester Lancashire Social Fund District/East Lancashire Jobcentre Plus District Awards 2000–01 2,405 2001–02 2,998 2002–03 3,452 2003–04 3,539 2004–05 2,991 Notes: 1. SSMGs were introduced on 27 March...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Thalidomide Trust (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Payments to beneficiaries of the Thalidomide Trust are treated in the same way as other personal injury payments for income-related benefits, including income support. Capital that is placed in trust for an individual can be disregarded. Income from an individual's trust can also be disregarded as long as the income is used for items other than food, ordinary clothing or footwear, household...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested. Estimates of the number of pensioners in receipt of council tax benefit, averaged over each year, and the number of entitled non-recipients are available for Great Britain only. These are published in the Department's annual statistical series: Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up". Statistics for 2002–03 have been published...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Direct Benefit Payments (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Several meetings have been held with customer representative organisations, including the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Age Concern, Help the Aged, and Citizens Advice. Discussions at these meetings helped to ensure that there was a shared understanding of the detailed implications of the move from paper-based methods of payment to the various direct payment options, and a...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Direct Benefit Payments (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Most banks, building societies and basic bank accounts accessible at the Post Office have arrangements that will allow someone, including a person who holds Power of Attorney, to access the customer's account with their permission. The precise arrangement would depend on which type of account they have and with which account provider. Customers who have a Post Office card account can arrange...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Forced Labour (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: DWP officials continue to be in regular contact with the ILO about this matter and, in conjunction with other government departments, are actively looking at the detail of the draft report which was commissioned by the ILO and TUG. We will consider the issues of content and publication further when we have received their recommendations.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Post Offices (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I have been asked to reply. There are no plans to do this. Direct Payment is now the normal method of payment for benefits and pensions. The Government have always made it clear that there would be an alternative for the minority of people who are genuinely unable to be paid by Direct Payment into an account. The cheque payment was therefore designed in consultation with a range of customer...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Lone Parents (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I have been asked to reply. Government policy on child care is taken forward by the inter-departmental Sure Start Unit, reflecting the cross-cutting role that child care plays in a number of Government objectives: helping parents into employment, supporting child development and in tackling child poverty. Helping lone parents into work is a key aspect of the child poverty agenda. The Child...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Direct Payment into an account is the normal method of payment for benefits and pensions and will be the best option for the overwhelming majority of our customers, giving them a more modern and reliable method of payment, with greater choice about where and when they collect their money. Using a bank account also helps jobseekers show employers that they are job ready. The Department has...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. JSA caseloads in each parliamentary constituency in Wales: August 2004 Parliamentary constituency All Contribution-based only Income-based Credits only Aberavon 1,000 (30)200 700 (30)100 Alyn and Deeside 1,000 (30)100 700 (30)100 Blaenau Gwent 1,400 (30)300 1,000 (30)100 Brecon and Radnorshire 600 (30)100 (30)400 (30)100 ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: DWP published independent research on customers' experience of Direct Payment on 24 September 2004 . Among the findings was that 93 per cent. of those surveyed were happy with the process of having payments made into an account. A copy of the research report is in the Library. The research covered the views and experiences of a representative group of customers across the whole of Great...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Paying people by order book costs the taxpayer a significant amount of money. The move to Direct Payment provides a modern, secure and efficient system and will reduce administrative costs. Cutting unnecessary expenditure on administrative costs releases money for other priorities. Overall, significant savings to DWP are expected to accrue from both a reduction in administration costs of...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (7 Feb 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 Miss Anne McIntosh, dated 7 February 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...


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