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Jobseeker’s Allowance

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claims for jobseeker's allowance took (a) fewer than five days, (b) between five and 10 days, (c) between 10 and 20 days, (d) between 20 and 30 days, (e) between 30 and 50 days, (f) between 50 and 100 days and (g) over 100 days to process in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years for which information is available. (266126)

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 right hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to reply to your question asking how many and what proportion of claims for Jobseeker's Allowance took (a) fewer than five days, (b) between five and 10 days, (c) between 10 and 20 days, (d) between 20 and 30 days, (e) between 30 and 50 days, (f) between 50 and 100 days and (g) over 100 days to process in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years for which information is available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

In terms of volumes and percentages our benefit processing system records the number of Jobseekers Allowance claims processed within the following time bands: 1-5 days; 6-10 days; 11-16 days; 17-21 days and over 22 days. The volumes are displayed as a cumulative figure for each of the time bands except over 22 days. So for example, those claims between 1-5 days are included in the column for 6-10 days and so on. The percentage figures are not cumulative and are subject to rounding. This data has been available since 2006. Therefore I have provided you with the yearly total for 2006/07 and 2007/08. I have also provided you with the in-month data for the last 12 months. The available information is in the attached annex.

Annex

Volume

Percentage

Column A

Column B (=column A+cases 6-10 days)

Column C (=column B+cases 14-16 days)

Column D (=column C+cases 17-21 days)

Column E (=22 days and over only)

Column F

Column G

Column H

Column I

Column J

JSA processed in 5 days

JSA processed in 10 days

JSA processed in 16 days

JSA processed in 21 days

JSA processed in 22+ days

1-5 days

6-10 days

11-16 days

17-24 days

22 days+

2008

March

33,193

114,739

144,365

152,208

7,143

20.8

51.2

18.6

4.9

4.5

April

34,345

131,400

176,442

188,313

9,189

17.4

49.1

22.8

6.0

4.7

May

41,848

123,546

159,529

169,803

9,094

23.4

45.7

20.1

5.7

5.1

June

40,662

131,447

175,834

188,593

9,302

20.5

45.9

22.4

6.4

4.7

July

44,078

146,259

205,764

221,415

11,049

19.0

44.0

25.6

6.7

4.8

August

46,294

140,168

200,750

218,392

12,825

20.0

40.6

26.2

7.6

5.5

September

50,919

163,883

221,444

237,978

12,198

20.4

45.2

23.0

6.6

4.9

October

57,258

170,242

231,717

248,851

13,301

21.8

43.1

23.5

6.5

5.1

November

60,081

184,277

243,502

260,858

15,686

21.7

44.9

21.4

6.3

5.7

December

56,096

156,505

221,502

240,793

15,965

21.8

39.1

25.3

7.5

6.2

2009

January

94,216

230,960

321,028

350,918

24,495

25.1

36.4

24.0

8.0

6.5

February

91,021

205,603

279,106

313,664

27,449

26.7

33.6

21.5

10.1

8.0

2006-07

229,759

922,387

1,552,047

1,840,313

359,228

10.4

31.5

28.6

13.1

16.3

2007-08

360,048

1,392,944

1,872,132

2,020,687

148,828

16.6

47.6

22.1

6.8

6.9

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people aged over 25 years have been referred from jobseeker's allowance to a training allowance (a) during the first month of their claim, (b) between one and three months of their claim, (c) between three and six months into their claim, (d) between six and 12 months of their claim and (e) between 12 and 18 months of their claim, excluding those claiming a training allowance as part of a New Deal programme, in the last 12 months. (266134)