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Results 121–140 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

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

Mr Chris Pond: No, I do not accept that. Part of the strategy, as I explained, is intended to encourage a culture of saving—a culture that was badly damaged during the 1980s. Most of us consider credit to be something that helps us to balance our income and expenditure over time. A small minority of people—those in the 7 per cent. of households who find that their debt is such that it can be considered...

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

Mr Chris Pond: I assure my hon. Friend that we are doing precisely that to ensure that the sources of advice are available. Of course, guidance is available to our own staff to identify those sources of advice for customers with debt problems. Since April, Jobcentre Plus personal advisers have been able to pay for the provision of debt advice, but we need to ensure that people are aware of the advice that...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support (28 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We have acknowledged problems with the new IT system. The agency is working with EDS to resolve the problems. Work to stabilise the system is under way and it has already brought about improvements. We expect the remedial work to be completed later this year. However, it is important that we remember that it is the responsibility of parents to support their children and there is nothing to...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support (25 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 Mike Isaac to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 25 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. As he is...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Eds (25 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: My right hon. Friend held a meeting with Michael Jordan (Chief Executive Officer) and Steve Schuckenbrock (Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Client Solutions) of EDS on 1 February 2005. At this meeting he took stock of the present position in relation to EDS' contract to provide computer and telephony services to the Child Support Agency. He concluded that acceptable progress is...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available for parliamentary constituencies. The available information is in the following table. Council tax benefit expenditure in Scotland 2003–04by local authority Local authority Council tax benefit expenditure (£ million) Scotland 335.4 Aberdeen 10.4 Aberdeenshire 7.1 Angus 4.9 Argyll-Bute 5.3 Clackmannanshire 3.2 Comhairle Nan...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available for local authorities. The available information is in the table. Council tax benefit caseloads by average weekly income, Great Britain, England and Scotland: May 2003 Thousand Great Britain England Scotland All cases (Number) 4,628 3,851 519 Average weekly income (£ pw) up to £49.99 6 5 (16)1 £50 to £59.99 3 3 (17)—...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information is not available for the UK. The available national information is in the table. The information for local authorities has been placed in the Library. Council tax benefit average weekly amounts, Great Britain, England and Scotland: May 2003 to February 2004 Average weekly CTB (£ pw) Great Britain 12.27 England 12.52 Scotland 11.55 Notes: 1. The data refer to...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information is not available for the UK. The available information is in the tables. Council tax benefit claimants in receipt of other benefits by country: May 2003 -- Thousand Benefit Great Britain England Wales Scotland Housing Benefit 3,450 2,880 180 390 Income Support (including MIG) 2,941 2,455 176 310 JSA (income based) 250 206 12 32 JSA (contribution...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: No such assessment has been made.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (24 Feb 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: Csa (24 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 Mr. Steve Webb, dated 24 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...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Csa (24 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 Mr. Steve Webb, dated 24 February 2005 In reply to your recent parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply fro the Chief Executive. You asked...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (23 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of the Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to the hon. Member. Letter from David Anderson to Mr. Howard Flight, dated 23 February 2005 The Secretary of State has asked me to reply directly to your questions concerning the average time taken to process a claim for Incapacity Benefit, Income Support,...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income-related Benefits (23 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The available information is in the following table. Benefit expenditure in real terms, 2004–05 prices -- £ million 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 Income support for people aged under 60 9,346 10,044 10,434 10,239 10,369 Of which: With a disability premium 4,057 4,398 4,701 4,563 4,719 Income support/minimum income...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income-related Benefits (23 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the table. Terminations of income support (IS) with disability-premium (DP) claimants between 1 December 2003 to 29 February 2004 Number All IS DP terminations in period 44,800 Moved to jobseekers allowance within 91 days of termination 4,000 Moved to IS and/or incapacity benefit within 91 days of termination 10,400 Moved to pension credit within 91...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is not available in the format requested. Estimates of the total amount council tax benefit that went unclaimed in 2002–03, the latest year for which information is available, can be found in the Department's report entitled: Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2002–03"; copies of which are available in the Library. Council tax benefit already makes a valuable...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Design (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I am the design champion for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: International Labour Organisation Report (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Our initial assessment is that the draft report, because for example it is based on a very small number of interviews, does not present a balanced view of current UK policy, law and practice and that some of the recommendations are very difficult to justify. Officials, having consulted officials from other relevant Government Departments, are responding to the ILO on the detail, and we will...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: National Insurance Numbers (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Annually, DWP receive from Inland Revenue's National Insurance Recording System a breakdown of overseas nationals entering the UKallocated a National Insurance Number. The latest information we have is up to and including May 2004 and is in the table. National insurance numbers issued to non British EU and non EU citizens -- Number January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May...


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