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Benefits (Coventry)

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what number and percentage of those unemployed in the Coventry travel-to-work area have exhausted their right to unemployment benefit.

At November 1983 there were 12,360 unemployment claimants in the area covered by theCoventry unemployment benefit offices, including the office in Leamington, who had exhausted their entitlement to unemployment benefit. This was 38·7 per cent. of the total number of unemployed claimants in that area. Information on the benefit position of unemployed claimants is not available for the travel-to-work area.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many extra-statutory payments have been made by the Coventry offices of his Department in the latest year; and how much money is involved, giving separate figures for compensation and payment in respect of benefit.

In the year ended 31 March 1985, the Department made two special payments in respect of cases fromthe Coventry East local office: an extra statutory payment of £32·50 as compensation for delay in payment of a statutory entitlement of £679·65, and an ex-gratia payment of £19·32 in recognition of loss suffered as a result of official misdirection.

National Health Service Orthoptists as at 30 September
RegionWhole-time equivalent*Whole-time equlvalent per 100,000 resident population as at
19811982198330 september1983
Northern RHA1921200·64
Yorkshire RHA2831300·84
Trent RHA3838390·84
East Anglian RHA1517170·87
NW Thames RHA2629280·82
NE Thames RHA1921210·55
SE Thames RHA2830310·86
SW Thames RHA1921190·63
Wessex RHA2020210·73
Oxford RHA2624281·19
South Western RHA3439341·10
West Midlands RHA5860611·17
Mersey RHA2323231·93
North Western RHA5251521·29
London Post Graduate SHAs221923
ENGLAND TOTAL4254444440·95
* Owing to rounding the sum of the Regional figures may not add up to the total shown.

Extra-statutory authority was given in a third case to give home responsibilities protection cover during the 1984–85 tax year to safeguard the individual's pension rights; no cash payment was involved.