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Results 21–40 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Deal (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Yes, and I worked for long enough with my right hon. Friend in a different guise to know how committed he, too, is to that. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State mentioned the attempts that we are making to ensure that we have a nation of active citizens rather than those who are consigned to being passive recipients of benefits. That is why we have one of the best records on employment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Deal (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We are talking about a group of people who have considerable barriers to entering sustainable long-term employment. The record in those circumstances is pretty impressive. Nearly 40 per cent. of those on new deal 25-plus have obtained a job while on the programme. We are determined to ensure that still more reach that success. In circumstances in which the barriers are considerable, we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Deal (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Indeed, they would be shocked and astonished to hear that. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the work that he has done in his constituency to promote the effectiveness of the new deal and the work of Jobcentre Plus, which has delivered that high employment not only in his constituency but across the country. The warning has to go out to my hon. Friend's constituents and others that if this...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Where an old scheme case has a link with a new scheme application, that case will transfer early. However, the legislation allowing the transfer of unlinked cases will be put into effect only when we believe the IT is ready and not before. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 1993 when the old scheme was brought in far too quickly.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Government made clear in their response to the Select Committee on Work and Pensions that they are committed to keeping the investigative powers the Agency uses under review. We acknowledge that the CSA has not made the most effective use of its information gathering powers and are looking for a significant improvement in the Agency's performance in this area.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (4 Apr 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. Steve Webb, dated 4 April 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 (4 Apr 2005)

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

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Order books have now ended. All recipients of state pension have been converted to direct payment, whether direct into a bank or building society account or post office card account. The small number of customers that we cannot pay this way are being paid by cheque. No state pension payments after 28 February are due to be paid by order book, although order book foils can be cashed for up to...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Order books have ended. All recipients of state pension have been converted to direct payment, whether direct into a bank or building society account or Post Office card account, by the week beginning 7 March. The small number of customers that we cannot pay this way are being paid by cheque. No state pension payments after 28 February are due to be paid by order book, although order book...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: No payment has been suspended in Sheffield or elsewhere for failure to provide account details and currently there are no plans to do so.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Department is working with a number of private sector providers and not-for-profit organisations to help convert people from order books and cheques to direct payment into a bank, building society or Post Office card account. The Department regularly works with such organisations who are able to focus tailored help on customers who are disadvantaged or facing particular difficulties. In...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested. The information in the following table gives the number of benefit and pension accounts in receipt of the cheque method of payment as at 19 February 2005. Number accounts paid by cheque Retirement pension 75,400 Pension credit 157,055 Jobseeker's allowance 105,590 Income support 169,900 Disability living...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Payments (4 Apr 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The last pension order book was issued on 9 February 2005 and all order book production for The Pension Service ceased on 10 February. No payment due after 28 February will be paid by order book, although order book foils can be cashed for up to three months after the date shown on the foil. The last possible date for encashment of an order book foil is thus 31 May 2005.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Asylum Seekers (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The available information is in the tables. Asylum seeker spending by benefit since 1994— cash terms £ million Housing benefit Council tax benefit Income support Total 1994–95 180.0 10.0 170.0 360.0 1995–96 205.0 10.0 195.0 410.0 1996–97 195.0 10.0 190.0 395.0 1997–98 145.0 10.0 150.0 305.0 1998–99 120.0 10.0 150.0 280.0 ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the following table. 2003–04: expenditure in Wales, £ millions, nominal terms (£) Incapacity benefit 1,000 State pensions 2,520 Pension credit 277 Winter fuel payments 107 Notes: 1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest million pounds. 2. Incapacity benefit includes expenditure on working age claimants of incapacity benefit, severe...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information will be published at the same time as Benefit Expenditure tables, consistent with Budget 2005, and uploaded onto the Department for Work and Pensions website. A publication date will be made available, and posted on the website address as soon as possible. Note: Benefit Expenditure tables are published on the Department for Work and Pensions website at:...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (24 Mar 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. John Mann, dated 24 March 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 the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency, Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. John Mann, dated 24 March 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 the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Social Fund Allocations 2005–06 (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I am pleased to announce that the gross discretionary Social Fund budget for 2005–06 will be £719 million. This includes a further increase in net treasury funding of £10 million compared with last year and means that net funding is now £40 million higher than 2002–03. It is the final one of three annual increases from a £90 million boost for the discretionary Social Fund announced in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Scheme/Agency (23 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. John Mann, dated 23 March 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 the...


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