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Departmental Responsibilities

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department takes the view that its core statutory obligations are (a) determining entitlement to all social security benefits (but not child benefit, tax credits, housing benefit or council tax benefit); (b) calculating and paying those benefits; (c) paying subsidy to local authorities for the payment of housing benefit and council tax benefit; (d) establishing and maintaining the regulatory and protection framework (including the Financial Assistance Scheme) for work place pensions and certain pensions-related bodies (e) providing employment and training programmes; (f) operating the child maintenance scheme; and (g) complying with data governance obligations.

The Department's annual expenditure is set out in its annual report and accounts, and the annual cost of meeting these obligations is therefore covered by the figures in those accounts.

The annual report and accounts for the year 2011-12 is at: and relevant parts are:

Pages 9 to 20—Introduction and Performance summary

Page 210—Table 1: breakdown of Public spending (includes AME)

Page 223—Table 8: expenditure by function

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