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Jobseeker’s Allowance

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants waited longer than the target average actual clearance time for Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent available period; and what has been the average actual clearance time for Jobseeker's Allowance for the most recent available period. (241645)

[holding answer 9 December 2008]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about how many claimants waited longer than the target average actual clearance time for Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent available period, and the average actual clearance time for Jobseeker's Allowance for the most recent available period. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The target for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) Average Actual Clearance Time (AACT) is 11.5 days. The latest AACT performance for JSA is 10.0 days for the month of November 2008. The year to date performance is also 10.0 days.

To manage the spread of clearance times in each month, Jobcentre Plus collects information on volumes of processed claims over several time bands. These are shown in the table below for November 2008.

The table shows that 67% were processed in 1-10 days and 33% processed in over 10 days. This does not map exactly to the target of 11.5 days but shows that most of our customers had their benefit processed within the target.

Number

Percentage

JSA claims processed in 1-10 days

184,277

67

JSA claims processed in 11-21 days

76,581

27

Total JSA claims processed (including those processed in more than 21 days)

276,544

1100

1 Including 6% processed in over 21 days

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people flowed on to (a) contributions-based and (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12 months. (244474)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The available information is in the following table.

Number of flows onto jobseeker's allowance by type—quarterly

Total income and contribution based

Income based

Contribution based

November 2006

358,700

272,600

110,600

February 2007

350,500

262,300

110,600

May 2007

295,600

221,400

90,200

August 2007

291,700

223,600

83,500

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Claimants can be in receipt of both income based and contribution based JSA, and therefore may appear in both columns. A total number of flows onto JSA has therefore been produced separately.

3. The information provided is the latest full year for which information is available as information for the quarter ending November 2007 is not available.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 percent terminations dataset

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people flowed on to (a) contribution-based and (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (244553)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The available information is in the following table.

Number of flows onto jobseeker's allowance by type

As at August each year

Total income-based and contribution-based

Income-based

Contribution-based

1998

1,692,800

1,276,900

546,900

1999

1,704,600

1,288,700

540,800

2000

1,565,800

1,179,000

497,500

2001

1,483,600

1,090,100

500,800

2002

1,474,500

1,049,500

539,900

2003

1,457,200

1,033,000

534,700

2004

1,350,400

969,500

472,800

2005

1,355,300

992,500

464,300

2006

1,396,800

1,052,200

446,400

2007

1,296,500

979,900

394,900

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Annual flows totals have been derived from quarterly data and based on the last four quarters of data available.

3. Claimants can be in receipt of both income-based and contribution-based jobseeker's allowance, and therefore may appear in both columns. A total number of flows onto jobseeker's allowance has therefore been produced separately.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 percent terminations dataset

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 2-4WS, whether he plans to revise the (a) savings and earnings disregards and (b) tariff income applied to jobseeker’s allowance claimants’ savings; (250824)

(2) if he will suspend the business assets disposal rule for new customers applying for jobseeker’s allowance;

(3) if he will (a) suspend and (b) revise the (i) savings disregards, (ii) earnings disregards and (iii) tariff incomes for savings for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) customers moving from contribution-based JSA to means-tested JSA in 2009-10.

There are no plans to change the income and capital rules used when determining eligibility to jobseeker’s allowance.

The additional funding for this Department announced in last year’s pre-Budget report and other measures have helped to ensure that people continue to leave jobseeker’s allowance quickly, the great majority within six months of claiming. The new measures announced on 12 January will provide additional help for people who are still unemployed after six months. The Government’s aim is to do everything they can to help people into jobs.