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Results 41–60 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Relief (23 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Payments made under an equity release scheme are taken into account as income for the purposes of council tax benefit.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the following table. Children in families receiving income support (IS) or income-based jobseekers allowance (JSA) at August 2003: by local authority and census ward Local authority Ward Children 0 to 15 in families receiving IS or JSA 2001 census population aged 0 to 15 Percentage children (0 to 15) in families receiving either IS, JSA Allerdale Moss Bay 520...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Low-income Households (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Robust estimates of the number of individuals in low income, within all countries of Great Britain, are not available. We have therefore presented all estimates as proportions. The following table shows the proportion of pensioners living in households with income below thresholds of national mean income in Great Britain in 2002–03. The proportion of pensioners with income below thresholds...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Low-income Households (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information available is in the tables. Percentage of individuals 2002–03 Total household income at 2002–03 prices United Kingdom Less than £8,000 6 £10,000 12 £12,000 17 £14,000 23 £16,000 28 Source: 2002–03 Family Resources Survey, United Kingdom Percentage of individuals, 2000–01 to 2002–03 Total household income at 2002–03 prices...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Unemployment (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested. The information for housing benefit and council tax benefit is not available at this level. The available information is in the table. Jobseeker's allowance expenditure in City of York council area -- £ million, real terms, 2004–05 prices 1996–97 2004–05 Jobseeker's allowance Contribution based 2.9 1.2 ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits Payment (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information is not available in the format requested. In accordance with the requirements of Resource Accounting and Budgeting, the Department now accounts for its administration and benefit expenditure by Strategic Objective, as set out in its public service agreements (PSA), and by individual Requests for Resources (RfRs), as set out in the Department's Estimates and Accounts.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Compensation payments can be made to parents with care for losses incurred as a direct result of maladministration by the Child Support Agency. However, we have always been clear that we will only move people on to the new scheme when we are sure that the new arrangements are working well. This is a sensible approach to implementing a major change and does not amount to maladministration....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (21 Mar 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.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Household Incomes (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: In 2002–03, an estimated 69 per cent. of households in the East Midlands had incomes below the GB mean on the Before Housing Costs income measure, and 66 per cent. on the After Housing Costs measure. These estimates use the same definition of income used in the Households Below Average Income Series, which is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. It is not possible to provide robust...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: National Insurance Numbers (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Figures in the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1771W, are consistent with DWP benefit expenditure tables published following the pre-Budget report 2004 at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp, and with tax credit expenditure figures supplied to DWP by HM Treasury following this and previous Budget and pre-Budget report forecasts. The pre-Budget report assigned...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Women in Poverty (21 Mar 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: Benefit Fraud (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. National benefit fraud hotline-operational costs and calls received Operational costs (£) Calls received 2001–02 1,086,000 205,999 2002–03 959,277 159,290 2003–04 1,038,505 (9)21 3,471 (9) Includes 2,421 calls received by the Local Authority Fraud Hotline which commenced in September 2003. Notes: 1. Operational costs include...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Last year we launched a council tax benefit awareness campaign and we are continuing to support local authorities in raising awareness of council tax benefit in the run-up to, and during, this year's billing round, supported by new posters and flyers, and by press advertising. National advertising started on 10 January, followed by two weeks of regional press advertising. Further regional...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Fuel Direct (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: There are no plans to extend the fuel direct scheme to include customers who are not in debt, nor any to curb its existing provisions. Such a modification would run counter to our policy of promoting financial inclusion by encouraging people to take advantage of direct debit facilities in bank accounts to pay bills. It would also be incompatible with our aims of achieving a fair and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Homeless People (Education) (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We are currently reviewing the part-time study rules for jobseeker's allowance and housing benefit recipients. We expect the review to be completed by the autumn.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income Statistics (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information requested is not available. DWP statisticians are reviewing regional-level estimates and hope to release such estimates as they deem robust, combining years from the Family Resources Survey, when further investigations are complete.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Jobseeker's allowance weekly rates of allowances and premiums 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 Contribution based JSA—personal allowances under 18 32.90 33.50 33.85 18 to 24 43.25 44.05 44.50 25 or over 54.65 55.65 56.20 Income-based JSA—personal allowances under 18 32.90 33.50 33.85 18 to 24 43.25 44.05...


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