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Unemployment Benefits: Interviews

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-focused interviews have been conducted in each month since their introduction, broken down by region. (231470)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many work focused interviews have been conducted in each month since their introduction, broken down by region. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

We are unable to provide information prior to April 2006. The tables in the annex provide the total number of Work Focused Interviews that have taken place monthly since April 2006, by region.

Annex:

Jobcentre plus—Incapacity benefit/Lone parent WFIs

Periods

East of England

East Midlands

London

North East

North West

Scotland

South East

South West

Wales

West Midlands

Yorks and Humber

April 2006

7,638

6,511

14,118

5,693

12,520

9,517

8,230

6,091

5,300

7,117

8,137

May 2006

9,066

8,209

15,661

6,774

16,885

12,865

10,066

7,904

6,747

8,714

10,366

June 2006

11,851

10,743

21,340

9,225

21,175

15,769

13,267

10,675

9,018

11,584

13,522

July 2006

9,047

8,142

16,834

7,291

16,750

11,885

9,570

8,609

7,424

9,075

10,973

August 2006

10,580

9,548

19,583

8,803

20,406

17,008

11,530

9,671

8,604

10,951

13,388

September 2006

9,767

9,054

19,000

7,978

18,899

12,624

10,992

8,300

7,991

10,416

11,607

October 2006

9,557

9,157

18,533

7,812

18,500

13,495

9,888

8,170

8,016

10,197

11,456

November 2006

12,740

11,734

24,481

9,837

24,961

17,491

13,862

10,795

10,332

13,587

14,471

December 2006

6,956

6,589

12,059

5,773

13,908

9,380

7,257

5,958

5,952

7,314

8,421

January 2007

11,739

10,580

20,109

10,115

22,414

16,957

12,219

9,896

10,008

11,673

13,214

February 2007

10,657

9,430

19,310

8,866

20,944

15,356

11,321

9,129

9,061

10,991

12,535

March 2007

13,019

11,426

25,852

10,933

26,819

19,650

14,754

11,470

11,486

14,663

14,995

April 2007

9,923

8,737

20,223

8,778

20,792

14,700

11,067

8,168

9,026

11,633

11,572

May 2007

12,796

11,304

25,602

10,500

26,642

20,788

14,315

10,749

11,429

14,117

14,275

June 2007

10,585

9,998

23,674

9,613

23,901

17,172

12,861

9,818

10,302

13,265

12,842

July 2007

10,491

9,681

22,193

9,682

23,328

16,018

12,790

9,654

10,416

12,751

12,953

August 2007

12,438

11,410

24,673

12,166

28,029

22,129

13,982

11,170

12,670

15,481

15,499

September 2007

11,041

9,981

23,910

10,999

24,669

16,000

13,341

9,915

10,999

13,269

14,019

October 2007

10,551

9,277

21,187

10,692

22,959

16,209

11,839

8,882

10,725

12,738

13,551

November 2007

13,858

12,431

26,867

13,416

29,045

20,352

15,591

11,411

12,647

16,296

16,707

December 2007

7,773

6,759

14,866

7,633

16,711

12,023

8,544

6,521

7,189

9,329

9,957

January 2008

16,679

14,748

32,001

16,474

35,270

26,055

19,018

13,872

15,102

19,500

20,274

February 2008

11,575

10,349

21,235

12,130

24,490

17,228

12,669

9,553

10,932

13,821

14,476

March 2008

9,446

9,042

20,055

10,504

20,419

15,323

11,890

8,653

9,055

11,499

11,618

April 2008

7,345

5,755

17,403

5,223

13,024

8,007

9,038

6,064

5,629

10,008

8,750

May 2008

8,459

7,248

23,252

6,688

15,348

11,070

11,778

7,617

6,259

10,692

10,113

June 2008

7,817

6,697

21,236

5,850

14,562

10,014

11,061

6,553

6,015

10,430

9,571

July 2008

10,260

8,751

25,425

7,779

18,446

11,988

13,782

8,830

7,416

12,383

12,369

August 2008

7,486

6,682

19,077

5,778

14,705

11,067

10,206

6,891

5,707

9,958

8,772

September 2008

9,058

7,670

23,706

6,823

16,070

9,691

12,658

7,685

6,114

11,406

10,706

Total

310,199

277,643

633,465

269,828

622,590

447,831

359,387

268,673

267,572

354,858

371,108

Notes:

1. The table includes all incapacity benefit and lone parent work focused interviews conducted between April 2006 and September 2008 (latest available data) broken down by month and Region.

2. There was a database prior to April 2006 called the Activity Based Information database (ABI). However, this database only included limited information on adviser interviews. For 2003/04 and 2004/05 only new deal appointments were included. In 2005/06 more advisory appointments were included. However they were not as comprehensive and wide ranging as the ABM data.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Activity Based Management (ABM) database.