HC Deb 18 March 2002 vol 382 cc146-7W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of(a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c)incapacity benefit in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) the Stroud constituency. [34421]

Maria Eagle

The infonnation is in the table.

Numbers of disability living allowance, attendance allowance and incapacity benefit recipients at 31 May 2001.

Number of people in receipt of: Gloucestersh ire Stroud Constituency
Disability living allowance 14,500 2,100
Attendance allowance 12,800 2,400
Incapacity benefit 8,600 1,400


Incapacity benefit figures do not include "credits only" cases where benefit is not in payment.


ASD information centre: 5 per cent. data. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for incapacity benefit appealed against the determination of their claim in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what percentage of the appeals were successful(a) in whole and (b) in part. [40786]

Maria Eagle

It is not possible to split the number of appeals into those which are wholly or partially successful. The available information is in the table.


Figures for 1 January 2001–30 November 2001 are provisional.

Figures were only available until 30 November 2001.

All figures are subject to changes as more up to date data becomes available.

Lodged and found in favour figures are rounded to the nearest five.

IB figures are taken from a 5 per cent, sample and exclude a small number of cases held clerically.

IB caseload figures are expressed as 1,000s are rounded to the nearest 100.


100 per cent, download of the Generic Appeals Processing System

Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance Quarterly Summary Statistics, August 2001.

Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2000, to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison),Official Report, column 681W, on the "Do Not Redirect" scheme, how many local authorities have implemented the Royal Mail "Do Not Redirect" scheme; and what the Government's definition is of unsatisfactory take-up. [35314]

Malcolm Wicks

367 of the 409 local authorities administering housing benefit use the official "Do Not Redirect" scheme representing 90 per cent. of the total. Some other authorities have established similar schemes locally with Royal Mail. We are keen to see all authorities using "Do Not Redirect" and both the Department and the benefits fraud inspectorate will continue to encourage the remaining authorities to do so.

Mr. Mark Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to initiate reform of the housing benefit system, with particular reference to the single room payment. [33009]

Malcolm Wicks

We have a strategy for reforming housing benefit (HB) and dealing with the legacy of neglect we have inherited.

To help promote work incentives, we have broadened the definition of the single room rent from 2 July 2001 to reflect better the type of accommodation available in the market to young single people. Our aim is both to ease the problems faced by young people in getting and maintaining accommodation, and encourage landlords to rent to young adults.