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Benefit Claimants

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when claimant advisers have worked out an estimate of the in-work benefits to which a claimant may be entitled if they took a low-paying job, what instructions are they given and what action should they take against a claimant who refuses to follow up the vacancy when in-work benefit calculation shows the claimant would (a) clearly be better off in work, (b) be only marginally better off or (c) be financially worse off; and if he will make a statement.

The employment service, which is responsible for the claimant adviser service became an executive agency on 2 April 1990. Mr. Mike Fogden, the chief executive of the employment service, will be replying in writing to the hon. Lady.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of claimants who have refused actively seeking work review interviews; and if he will estimate the percentage of those receiving actively seeking work warning letters who are not given the opportunity of a review interview prior to the submission of their case to an adjudication officer.

The employment service, which is responsible for the claimant adviser service became an executive agency on 2 April 1990. Mr. Mike Fogden, the Employment Service Agency's chief executive, will be replying in writing to the hon. Gentleman.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many disablement resettlement officers and blind persons resettlement officers there are in the employment service; and how many referrals have been made by them to adjudication officers following doubts on (i) actively seeking work, (ii) restricted availability and (iii) refusal of employment, since 9 October 1989.

The employment service, which is responsible for the provision of employment services to people with disabilities, became an executive agency on 2 April 1990. Mr. Mike Fogden, the Employment Service Agency's chief executive, will be replying in writing to the hon. Gentleman.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many UB671Ws have been issued by new claimant advisers at initial claim interviews.

The employment service, which is responsible for the new client adviser programme, became an executive agency on 2 April 1990. Mr. Mike Fogden, the Employment Service Agency's chief executive, will be replying in writing to the hon. Gentleman.