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Industrial Disputes (Benefits)

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the current review of the question of financial support for strikers will be completed.

I am not yet in a position to say.

Currently197819771976197519741973197219711970
Men1,7891,6031,6861,7051,7901,7431,7451,5211,5241,334
Women51515354374562697577

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people living in reception centres have been rehoused by local authorities in the current year; and how this compares with the figures for each year since 1970.

This information is not available, but the numbers accommodated by local authorities direct from reception centres in ordinary housing and in part III accommodation were:

Ordinary housingPart III accommodation
Current year3969
19783473
19771043
1976*63
1975*51
1974*85
1973*131
1972*127
1971*76
1970*89
* Not available

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many of those currently living in reception centres he estimates have a legal right to immediate housing from local authorities; and what instructions are given to hostel staff concerning assistance with rehousing;(2) how many men, and how many women, currently living in Government reception centres, he estimates have a legal right to immediate housing from local authorities; and what instructions are given to hostel staff concerning assistance with rehousing.

At any one time it is estimated that about one-third of the people accommodated in the Supplementary Benefits Commission's reception