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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the housing benefit run-on to people leaving jobseeker’s allowance. (96180)

Customers in receipt of income-based jobseeker’s allowance who move into work and fulfil the necessary conditions are eligible for an extended payment. There are currently no plans to widen entitlement to the existing schemes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) claimed jobseeker's allowance and (b) attended a mandatory skills course in each financial year from 2003-04 to 2005-06. (99353)

The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the following table; there are no mandatory skills courses linked to jobseeker's allowance.

Jobseeker’s allowance claimants in Great Britain

Number

2003

April

902,100

May

912,500

June

912,100

July

905,600

August

898,500

September

893,800

October

887,300

November

878,900

December

872,000

2004

January

863,700

February

855,900

March

848,300

April

840,100

May

826,900

June

817,100

July

807,300

August

805,600

September

805,900

October

804,500

November

800,500

December

796,800

2005

January

790,500

February

789,900

March

802,500

April

810,400

May

825,500

June

834,600

July

837,900

August

841,100

September

851,200

October

863,000

November

872,700

December

879,500

2006

January

876,900

February

896,700

March

909,500

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. JSA figures are seasonally adjusted.

Source:

Count of jobseeker’s allowance claimants, Jobcentre Plus computer systems.