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Benefit Claimants

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in what circumstances payments are made to social security claimants in respect of fares to interviews for employment; how many such payments were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost to public funds;(2) in what circumstances payments are made to social security claimants in respect of fares to social security offices; how many such payments were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost to public funds;(3) in what circumstances payments are made to social security claimants in respect of fares to visit sick relatives not in hospital; how many such payments were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost to public funds;(4) in what circumstances payments are made to social security claimants in respect of fares to visit children in care; how many such payments were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost to public funds;(5) in what circumstances payments are made to social security claimants in respect of fares to visit relatives in hospital; how many such payments were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the total cost to public funds.

The Supplementary Benefits Commission's Policy on the payment of fares is explained in the Supplementary Benefits Handbook (revised February 1977), a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The information requested on numbers of payments and expenditure is not available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.