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Severe Weather Payments (Scotland)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total number of severe weather payments paid by benefit offices in Scotland in 1986–87; if he will break down this figure by week of payment; and if he will estimate the total number of claimants involved.

The total and weekly number of exceptionally cold weather payments made by local offices in Scotland last winter is given in the table. With regard to the number of claimants involved I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown) on 22 July at columns 248–252.

Number of exceptionally cold weather payments made by local offices in Scotland by week of payment in the Winter of 1986–87
Payment made in week commencingNumber of £5 weekly payments made
20 January 19879,173
27 January 198792,698
3 February 198758,769
10 February 198760,560
17 February 198728,895
24 February 198717,984
3 March 19876,280
10 March 19876,748
17 March 19873,965
24 March 19872,021
31 March 19871,679
7 April 1987898
14 April 19871
21 April 1987235
28 April 1987255
5 May 1987380
12 May 1987293
19 May 1987100
26 May 198790
2 June 198761
9 June 198764
16 June 19876
23 June 19875

Payment made in week commencing

Number of £5 weekly payments made

30 June 198718
Total291,177

1 Industrial dispute.