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Supplementary Benefit Claims

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is required that visiting officers of his Department give 24 hours' notice to a claimant of intention to visit a social security claimant at home; and if he will make a statement.

Supplementary benefit claimants are usually informed by post of a proposed visit to avoid wasting the visiting officer's time and travelling expenses, but unannounced visits are sometimes made where this is considered appropriate.