HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 c1578W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for each area-based initiative for which his Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in(a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02, stating in each year what funds budgeted for were not spent and if they were carried forward. [71462]

Mr Nicholas Brown

Action Teams for Jobs is an area-based initiative in employment-deprived, disadvantaged areas. The budget for 2000–01 was £20 millions, of which £11 millions were spent and the remainder carried forward into 2001–02. The budget for 2001–02 was £57 millions, of which £52 millions were spent. The remainder will be carried forward to support the Department's programmes helping disadvantaged groups.

Employment Zones are pilots of an alternative way of delivering services to unemployed people aged 25 and over which are run in 15 areas where there are high concentrations of long-term unemployment. The budget for 2000–01 was £53 millions and for 2001–02 was £87 millions. There were no underspends in either year.

Mr. Roy

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average sum of money clawed back by the compensation recovery unit under the Social Security (Recovery of Payments) Act 1997 has been in each of the last four years. [69736]

Maria Eagle

The information is in the table.

Financial Year Average amount recovered1
1998–99 £3,163.32
1999–2000 £3,527.26
2000–01 £2,918.13
2001–02 £3,132.71


Compensation Recovery Unit records


1Figures relate to the average amount recovered in cases considered by the Compensation Recovery Unit where recovery is effected. They do not include cases where no recovery is appropriate.

2Amounts recovered can vary considerably depending on a number of factors including the nature of the illness or accident, the date of onset of the condition, the time taken to reach settlement, whether interim settlements are made, and the benefit in payment.