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Benefit Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what budgets have been allocated under the social fund for 1988–89 to each of his Department's offices situated in (a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) Wirral, (f) Clwyd and (g) Gwynedd;(2) how many claimants received payments of supplementary benefit from his Department's offices situated in

(a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) the Wirral, (f) Clwyd, and (g) Gwynedd during 1986; and at what total cost in each case;

(3) what estimate he has of the number of claimants likely to be receiving income support payments from Department of Health and Social Security offices situated in (a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) the Wirral, (f) Clwyd, and (g) Gwynedd after April 1988; and at what estimated total cost in each case.

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: Local offices which serve the areas requested are as follows. Their boundaries are not conterminous.

(a) Liverpool

  • Liverpool—
  • Belle Vale
  • Breckfield
  • City
  • Edge Hill
  • Garston
  • Norris Green
  • Toxteth
  • West Derby (part)

(b) Knowsley

  • Liverpool—
  • Huyton (part)
  • Kirkby
  • West Derby (part)
  • Widnes (part)

(c) Sefton

  • Liverpool—
  • Bootle
  • Crosby
  • Southport

(d) St. Helens

  • Liverpool—Huyton (part)
  • St. Helens
  • Warrington (part)

(e) Wirral

  • Birkenhead North
  • Birkenhead South
  • Wallasey

(f) Clwyd

  • Colwyn Bay (part)
  • Rhy1
  • Wrexham

(g) Gwynedd

  • Anglesey
  • Caernarfon
  • Colwyn Bay (part)
  • Porthmadog/Dolgellau

The allocation of social fund budgets to these offices was contained in my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security and the Disabled's reply to my Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on 4 November at columns 774–781.

The table sets out the number of claimants who received payments of supplementary benefit at each of these offices during 1986.

Number receiving payment of supplementary benefit

Office

Number

Birkenhead—
North11,802
South8,747
Liverpool—
Belle Vale6,600
Bootle7,521
Breckfield7,248
City3,656
Crosby7,156
Edge Hill5,046
Garston5,829
Huyton8,818
Kirkby10,596
Norris Green3,983
Toxteth6,997
West Derby6,259
St. Helens12,650
Southport8,620
Wallasey7,686
Warrington14,344
Widnes10,416
Wales—
Anglesey6,356
Caernarfon5,680
Colwyn Bay7,719
Porthmadog/Dolgellau5,982
Rhyl13,107
Wrexham19,246

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases, this data is provisional and subject to amendment.

I regret that no information is available on either total benefit expenditure or estimated numbers of income support recipients for the individual areas.