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Jobseeker’s Allowance

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

9. How many people have outstanding claims for jobseeker’s allowance in Coventry, South and the west midlands. (76101)

For the week ending 2 June, there were 153 people with outstanding claims for jobseeker’s allowance in the Coventry and Warwickshire district, and 5,291 in the west midlands.

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer, but can he tell me what he is doing to reduce the waiting time in relation to the processing procedures for those claims?

Specifically in the west midlands, we are using facilities and staff in other parts of the country to clear the backlog to which my hon. Friend persistently, and very effectively, refers. The new figures from Jobcentre Plus on the clearance and processing of benefits will be out tomorrow. If they have not improved to the extent that he and I wish and expect them to, I am happy to meet him to discuss what further can and should be done.