asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of mortgage payers on supplementary benefit and the amount involved in the past year in meeting the interest payments of those unemployed.
There are no figures yet available for 1984. The latest information on the number of claimants in Great Britain receiving supplementary benefit housing addition payments for mortgage interest and the estimated cost of meeting the interest payments of those supplementary benefit claimants who are unemployed is as follows:
|Total number of supplementary beneficiaries in receipt of mortgage interest||235,000||25,000|
|Number of those who are unemployed||140,000||142,000|
|Average weekly amount of mortgage interest in unemployed cases||£16·92||†|
|Estimated annual cost of meeting mortgage interest in unemployed cases||£123,000,000||†|
|† Not yet available|