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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time is of a new claim for jobseeker's allowance between first contact and payment in each (a) jobcentre area and (b) employment region. [113064]

The average national processing time for a new claim to Jobseeker's Allowance is 10.14 days against a target of 12 days. Information on the average processing time by District and Region has been placed in the Library.