Jobseeker's Allowance: Banks

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases jobseeker's allowance payments to single adults of £59.15 per week are being paid directly to banks to cover the bank charges of the individuals concerned; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department does not hold the information requested. December 2007 figures show that (1)77 per cent. of Jobseeker's allowance payments are paid direct into a bank or building society. Once a benefit payment is credited into an account it merges with the existing account balance, whether this is overdrawn or in credit.

(1) This figure shows the total number of customers who receive a payment through the Jobseeker's Allowance payment scheme.

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