asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Islington and in Greater London, respectively, are currently claiming supplementary benefit; how many are pensioners; and how these figures compare with May 1979.
Information is not available in the form requested. However, the numbers claiming from the four local offices, which deal with parts of Islington*, and the numbers claiming within the GLC area, are given in the following table:
|May 1979||February 1982|
|Claimants in Islington local offices|
|All supplementary benefit||34,000||46,000|
|Claimants in GLC area|
|All supplementary benefit||434,000||576,000|
Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action in local offices.
The local offices are Hoxton, Highgate, Stoke Newington and Finsbury Park. These offices will also deal with people who live outs de Islington.