To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has made of the change in the number of people entitled to means-tested benefits in consequence of the introduction of the proposed community charge; and what would be the number of their dependants.
Figure J9 of the Green Paper "Paying for Local Government" (Cmnd. 9714) estimated that the housing benefit caseload in Great Britain would rise from 6·49 million to 7·66 million when the community charge was fully in place. These estimates are derived from a computer model and are sensitive to assumptions made about community charge levels and to income support rates, and therefore give a broad indication only of the possible outcome. No estimate has been made of the number of their dependants.
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Coventry are currently in receipt of (a) supplementary benefit, (b) invalidity benefit, (c) housing benefit, (d) sickness benefit, (e) mobility allowance and (f) maternity benefit; and how many people have received single payments in each month of the current financial year.
Social security benefits for Coventry are dealt with by the Department's local offices at Coventry (East) and Coventry (West), but their boundaries are not conterminous with the city.The number of people receiving supplementary benefit, sickness and invalidity benefits, and maternity benefit on the latest dates for which information is available is as follows:
|25 August 1987||20 October 1987|
|Sickness and Invalidity Benefit||—||6,822|
|1Source: 100 per cent, of cases in action.|
Four-week period ending:
|5 May 1987||1,074|
|26 June 1987||1,565|
|30 June 1987||1,416|
|28 July 1987||1,698|
|25 August 1987||1,610|
|22 September 1987||1,474|
|20 October 1987||1,859|
I regret that information about mobility allowance is not available.