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Housing Benefit Supplement

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of claimants in receipt of housing benefit supplement in each local authority in Britain; and of these how many receive a housing benefit supplement each week of (a) under £2, (b) £2 up to £5, (c) £5 up to £10 and (d) over £10.

Information on the level of housing benefit supplement paid by benefit band width is not available. Information obtained from the housing benefit subsidy claims submitted by local authorities for the 1985–86 year and indicating the total number of housing benefit supplement claims made in each authority during that year has been placed in the Library.

Region and Health DistrictHealth SchemeWorks cost £Start dateActual or Estimated completion dateNumber of bedsNumber of operating theatres
Northern RHA
NorthumberlandBlyth community hospital and health centre4,211,37110 December 19843 June 1987 A78
Fenham blood transfusion service centre3,537,50031 May 198330 June 1985 A
NewcastleFreeman hospital2,865,0794 March 198531 August 1987 A
South CumbriaFurness general scheme 1 phase 21,496,1598 December 198024 May 1983 A
South CumbriaFurness general scheme 2 phase 16,080,2096 April 19865 September 1988 E
HartlepoolHartlepool DGH scheme 2 phase 144,886,62826 January 198124 May 1984 A90
HartlepoolHartlepool DGH scheme 3 phase 12,391,39114 January 198514 April 1987 A104
HartlepoolHartlepool DGH scheme 3 phase 41,900,44014 November 198331 January 1985 A
South TynesideJarrow community hospital3,314,25021 November 198314 August 1986 A82
South TeesMiddlesbrough general hospital1,565,8259 September 198510 April 1987 A120
North TynesideNorth Tyneside scheme 1 phase 110,364,53814 April 198013 December 1983 A3346
North TynesideNorth Tyneside scheme 2 phase 14,137,5008 January 19855 August 1987 A84
GatesheadQueen Elizabeth Gateshead scheme 3 phase 16,139,1790 September 198126 April 1985 A2006
GatesheadQueen Elizabeth Gateshead scheme 3 phase 21,762,69810 January 19839 October 1984 A
South TeesSouth Cleveland general scheme 2 phase 1B6,143,06028 May 198530 January 1988 E150
South TeesSouth Cleveland general scheme 2 phase 1C1,034,0049 December 19853 March 1987 A
South TynesideSouth Shields general scheme 3 phase 112,011,03224 January 198725 January 1990 E3425
NorthumberlandSt. Georges hospital boilerhouse1,213,18329 June 198729 December 1988 E
South CumbriaWestmoreland DGH scheme 1 phase 115,410,1277 September 19877 September 1990 E3402
Yorkshire RHA
BradfordBradford royal infirmary wards/theatres (nucleus)2,311,00010 September 198412 September 1986 A564

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps are proposed to be taken to advise claimants of housing benefit in receipt of housing benefit supplement of its abolition next April; and what guidance is being given to local authorities paying housing benefit supplement to claimants as to how they should advise such claimants.

The general publicity on the social security reforms has made it quite clear that housing benefit supplement will cease from April 1988. We are, however, still considering whether any additional information will be required for all claimants, including recipients of housing benefit supplement, during the transitional period.