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Staff Numbers

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff worked in the (a) Child Support Agency, (b) pensions service and administration, (c) disability benefits delivery and administration, (d) child benefit delivery and administration, (e) benefit offices, (f) job centre offices and (g) Central administration rating areas in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03; and if he will make a statement. [97362]

Information is not available prior to January 2001. Such information as is available is given in the table.

(a) Child Support Agency9,92110,86911,209
(b) Pensions Service and Administration9,93015,801
(c) Disability Benefit Delivery Administration6,6247,2947,279
(d) Child Benefit delivery and administration1,7541,8711,924
(e) Benefit Offices55,340
(f) Job Centre Offices32,19883,78378,543
(g) Central Administration10,27511,74612,247
Total DWP staff116,112125,493127,003


1 Numbers are WTE (rounded) and are consistent with Cabinet Office definitions other than the inclusion of staff on paid maternity leave.

2 Numbers for 2001 and 2002 are point in time as at 30 June each year. Figures for 2003 are point in time as at 28 February 2003, the latest data available.

3 Staff numbers for Appeals Service are included with Central Administration numbers.