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Severe Weather Payments

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many applications were made for the severe weather heating allowance at the social security offices in Downpatrick, Ballynahinch, Newcastle, Kilkeel, Banbridge and Newry (County Down) during the winter of 1986–87;(2) how many successful applications were made for severe weather heating allowance and how much money was paid by the social security offices in Downpatrick, Ballynahinch, Newcastle, Kilkeel, Banbridge and Newry (County Down), during the winter of 1986–87.

Information is not readily available in the precise form requested. The available figures are as follows:

Social Security OfficeNumber of paymentsAmountsClaims disallowed
Downpatrick1,3316,655334
Ballynahinch6023,010268
Newcastle9314,655335
Kilkeel8354,175223
Banbridge1,7848,920307
Newry4,79423,9701,363

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase the amount payable in respect of severe weather heating allowance to old age pensioners in Northern Ireland; and if he will consider making the allowance available throughout the year.