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Results 101–120 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Means-tested Benefits (7 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: holding answer 4 March 2005 It is not possible to accurately state the cost of income support, housing benefit or council tax benefit for claimants of the disability premium. The available information is in the table. Income related benefit expenditure for people under 60 years of age and classed as long-term sick or disabled £ million Income support 4,621 Housing benefit 3,009...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Sure Start (Battersea) (7 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Battersea is included in the Jobcentre Plus district of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth. Thisdistrict was created for Social Fund purposes in January 2004. Sure Start maternity grants made in Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth Jobcentre Plus district Number of awards 2003–04 January to March 1,162 2004–05 April to January 3,650 Notes: 1.Data are given for all awards,...

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

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Benefit case loads at ward level within Angus local authority: August 2003 Income support Jobseeker's allowance Attendance allowance Disability living allowance Incapacity benefit State pension Minimum income guarantee Pension credit(5) Kirriemuir West 75 50 90 170 125 845 95 175 Kirriemuir East 135 70 115 170 195 845 160 265...

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

Mr Chris Pond: holding answer 2 March 2005 There were 56 applicants. The post of Chief Executive, Child Support Agency was advertised in The Sunday Times on 12 and 19 December 2004 and 9 January 2005 at a total cost of £19,500 plus VAT.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: EU Committees (4 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The EU Technical Commission met in Brussels on 23– 24 September 2003 and 2– 3 December 2003 (during the Italian presidency), 3– 4 March 2004 and 24– 25 May 2004 during the Irish presidency) and on 29– 30 September 2004 and 24 November 2004 (during the Dutch presidency). Officials from DWP attended all meetings accompanied by an Information Technology (IT) Consultant from Electronic...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Overpayments (3 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Where there has been a full and correct disclosure of changes of circumstances, overpayments arising as a result of the Department failing to action a reported change are not recoverable under social security legislation. We have no plans to change the rules relating to such overpayments.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (3 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Prior to April 2001 the lower capital limit was £3,000 and the upper capital limit was £16,000 for all client groups. From April 2001 the lower capital limit for pensioners was raised to £6,000. From April 2006 the lower capital limit for working age people will be raised to £6,000 to bring it into line with that of pensioners. With the introduction of pension credit in October 2003 the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Age-based Benefits (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: holding answer 1 February 2005 Incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA), disability living allowance (DLA) rates are not normally affected if a customer is under 25. The information is not available in the format requested; the available information is in the table. Recipients of income-related benefits aged under 25(25) August 2004(26) and May 2003(26) All Also...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Lower rates of income-related benefits are paid to some of those under 25 years of age. Those over 25 years of age receive the standard rate. The available information is in the following table. Claimants of income-related benefits aged under 25(30) Number Jobseekers Allowance (whether or not also HB/CTB) 216,700 Income Support (whether or not also HB/CTB) 107,500 Housing...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information for electoral wards is not available prior to 1998; the information for 2004 has not yet been published. The parliamentary constituency information is in the tables. Income support claimants by parliamentary constituency in the North East: August 1997 and August 2004 Parliamentary constituency August 1997 August 2004 Berwick-upon-Tweed 4,100 2,000 Bishop Auckland...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (2 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 the hon. Member with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. Jim Cunningham, dated 2 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...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing allowance (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We published the baseline stage of the evaluation of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) pathfinders in September 2004. Copies of these reports covering the views and experiences of tenants, landlords, pathfinder local authorities and other stakeholders prior to the start of the Local Housing Allowance scheme, are available in the Library. All these publications can also be found on the DWP's...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income Support (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: As at August 2004, 6,100 families with dependant children up to the age of 19 had been in receipt of income support for more than one year in the Coventry local authority area. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and quoted in thousands.2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. Source: DWP Information Directorate, 5...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Recipients (Scotland) (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Benefit recipients in Scotland, 2002–03 Number Housing Benefit 447,700 Council Tax Benefit 527,900 Jobseekers Allowance 101,000 Minimum Income Guarantee 185,400 Income Support (non-pensioners) 260,100 Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Pension Service are already doing much to promote council tax benefit take-up, from issuing a housing benefit/council tax benefit claim form to everyone who calls the pension credit application line and wishes to claim, to helping people fill in this form when visiting pensioners to take a claim for pension credit. The Pension Service have also recently provided local authorities with...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Parliamentary Questions (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: An answer was given on 21 February 2005, Official Report, columns 405–06W.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Service (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Fund (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information is only available on the number of Social Fund claim applications received. The available information is in the table. Numbers of applications for Social Fund Community Care Grants (CCGs), Crisis Loans (CLs) and Budgeting Loans (BLs) received in Scotland since January 2002 CCGs CLs BLs January 2002 6,700 29,290 17,100 February 2002 8,060 27,810 19,730 March...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Debt (28 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The best way we can stop people getting into debt is to make sure that we help them get into work and increase their incomes, so the extra 2 million jobs that we have created and the rise in the national minimum wage announced last week, to which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already referred, are important in the over-indebtedness strategy. A joint Department of Trade and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Debt (28 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: My hon. Friend is right to highlight the dangers, especially for young people, of finding oneself heavily in debt as a result of taking up offers that sometimes seem too tempting to refuse. The strategy to which I referred is cross-departmental and is intended both to increase education about financial resources and to ensure that affordable sources of credit are available in communities...


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