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Results 141–160 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

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

Mr Chris Pond: We welcome the report from the NAO; it recognises that the social fund plays an important role in helping people in financial hardship and is reaching many of those in greatest need. The report found that there were £3 million social fund payments made in the last financial year at a total cost of £854 million and acknowledges that the Department recovers the majority of social fund debt....

Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Open Method of Co-ordination (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: A consultation exercise has been launched today on the evaluation of the EU process called the "open method of co-ordination". This provides a structure for co-operation between EU member states to enable the exchange of best practice and joint evaluation of policies. The European Commission has invited all EU member states to comment on the effectiveness of this open method in the fields of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (Redbridge) (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: On behalf of my Rt hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the BFI inspection report on the London Borough of Redbridge was published on 17 February 2005 and copies of the report are available in the Library. In 2003–04, the London Borough of Redbridge administered some £82.1 million in housing benefits, about 13.5 per cent. of its gross revenue expenditure. BFI reviewed...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Claims (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Average processing times are only available for new claims for council tax benefit. Figures are not available prior to April 2000. The available information is in the following table. Average number of days to process new council tax benefit claims, Great Britain: April 2000 to September 2004 Period Days 2000–01 60 2001–02 58 2002–03 53 2003–04 47 ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Claims (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the following table. Income support (IS) and jobseekers allowance (JSA) claimants in Scotland by parliamentary constituency, as at August 2004. JSA IS All Contribution-based only Income-based Credits-only Aberdeen Central 3,300 1,300 *400 800 *100 Aberdeen North 2,500 700 *200 500 — Aberdeen South 2,100 700 *100 600 (31)— ...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits Agency (21 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. Laurence Robertson, dated 17 February 2005 The Secretary of State has asked me to reply direct to your question concerning what guidance is given to the Benefits Agency on steps to be followed in relation to...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: EU Committees (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Committee did not meet during these Presidencies. Council Directive 80/1107/EEC of 27 November 1980 on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents at work that made provision for the Committee was revoked in 1998 by the Chemical Agents Directive. The European Commission elected to tackle these risks by individual directives....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: All private sector tenants in the nine pathfinder areas who require help towards their housing costs will claim local housing allowance (LHA) instead of housing benefit. A comprehensive, independent programme of evaluation will examine the impact of LHA across a range of areas, including the decisions and strategies of landlords and impact on the housing market in the areas concerned. This...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Department for Work and Pensions sets performance standards, which includes performance indicators, to help DWP, and local authorities themselves, assess performance in the administration of housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB). Additionally, the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate reports to the Secretary of State on the administration of HB and CTB and, in particular, on the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We undertake a continuous measurement of fraud and error in housing benefit. The Department published Fraud and Error in Housing Benefit, April 2002 to September 2003" on 12 August 2004. This report represents progress against the first national headline estimates, for the level of fraud and error in HB. The report is available in the Library.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The available information is in the following table. Average number of days to process new housing benefit claims, Great Britain: April 2000 to September 2004 Days 2000–01 49 2001–02 53 2002–03 48 2003–04 45 April to June 2004 45 July to September 2004 43 Notes: 1.The average time taken to process a housing benefit (HB) claim is available for new claims...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The 52 week linking rule was introduced in 1998 to allow people moving off an incapacity benefit into work to re-access any higher rates of benefit that had been in payment if their job did not work out and they needed to re-claim. It was introduced as a result of research evidence which found that people feared moving off benefit in case their job did not last, leading to difficulties in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The changes to incapacity benefits as set out in the Five-Year Strategy apply equally to contributory incapacity benefit and income support on the grounds of incapacity. We will be looking to simplifycurrent arrangements by incorporating both contributory and income-related elements into the new benefits.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus (21 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 17 February 2005: The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning the measures that are in place to assess the speed, efficiency and accuracy of the provision of...

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

Mr Chris Pond: There are approximately 72 million national insurance numbers currently in issue. Source DWP Departmental Central Index

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Allowances (Midlothian) (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: At 30 June 2004 there were 690 people receiving reduced earnings allowance and 330 receiving retirement allowance in Midlothian parliamentary constituency. Source: Industrial Injuries Computer System 100 per cent. count, rounded to nearest five to maintain anonymity of customers.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits Agency (21 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 Mr. David Anderson to Mr. Laurence Robertson, dated 21 February 2005 The Secretary of State has asked me to reply direct to your questions concerning the Benefits Agency policy on visiting people who wish to make a claim for benefit but...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (21 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 Mr. Doug Smith to Mr. Mark Fisher, dated 21 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....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Council Tax Benefit (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Council tax benefit data is not available broken down by constituency. 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 2002/2003"; copies are available in the Library.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Data Sharing (21 Feb 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Home Office led Identity Fraud Steering Committee, which comprises public and private sector organisations that are committed to reducing identity fraud, began a project in November 2004 to explore the benefits, feasibility and legal impediments of sharing public sector deceased person information with private sector organisations involved in fraud prevention. The project is making good...


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