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Minimum Income Guarantee

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure on the minimum income guarantee if there is (a) 100 per cent., (b) 95 per cent., (c) 90 per cent. and (d) 85 per cent. take-up of the scheme. [102590]

Expenditure on the minimum income guarantee for 2002–03 is expected to be around £4.5 billion. This reflects the current number of MIG recipients recorded in administrative data and any fluctuations expected throughout the financial year.The Department does not produce forecasts of expenditure on the basis of different levels of take-up. An indication of the likely expenditure under different levels of take-up can be estimated using the Department's publication "Income-Related Benefits Estimates of Take-up in 1999– 2000". This shows expenditure take-up of the MIG for 1999–2000 to be in the range of 74 per cent. to 86 per cent.Based on the midpoint of this range, and on the strong assumption that recent levels of expenditure take-up continue into the future, the table below provides an estimate of likely MIG expenditure under different

Allegations of fraud committed by contractors engaged through the New Deal, April 1998 to November 2002
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02April-November 2002Totals
Number of allegations1652835703904611,869
Number that went to full investigationNot availableNot available6299117278
Estimated loss (£)Not availableNot available520,206.251,030,894.17233,471.091,784,571.51


1. Information on the number of allegations that went to full investigation and on the estimated loss for 1998–99 and 1999–2000 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

2. The information concerning recovery of this money is not available.


Jobcentre Plus Contractor and Programme Investigation Unit.