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 District||Health Scheme||Works cost £||Start date||Actual or Estimated completion date||Number of beds||Number of operating theatres|
|Northumberland||Blyth community hospital and health centre||4,211,371||10 December 1984||3 June 1987 A||78||—|
|Fenham blood transfusion service centre||3,537,500||31 May 1983||30 June 1985 A||—||—|
|Newcastle||Freeman hospital||2,865,079||4 March 1985||31 August 1987 A||—||—|
|South Cumbria||Furness general scheme 1 phase 2||1,496,159||8 December 1980||24 May 1983 A||—||—|
|South Cumbria||Furness general scheme 2 phase 1||6,080,209||6 April 1986||5 September 1988 E||—||—|
|Hartlepool||Hartlepool DGH scheme 2 phase 1||44,886,628||26 January 1981||24 May 1984 A||90||—|
|Hartlepool||Hartlepool DGH scheme 3 phase 1||2,391,391||14 January 1985||14 April 1987 A||104||—|
|Hartlepool||Hartlepool DGH scheme 3 phase 4||1,900,440||14 November 1983||31 January 1985 A||—||—|
|South Tyneside||Jarrow community hospital||3,314,250||21 November 1983||14 August 1986 A||82||—|
|South Tees||Middlesbrough general hospital||1,565,825||9 September 1985||10 April 1987 A||120||—|
|North Tyneside||North Tyneside scheme 1 phase 1||10,364,538||14 April 1980||13 December 1983 A||334||6|
|North Tyneside||North Tyneside scheme 2 phase 1||4,137,500||8 January 1985||5 August 1987 A||84||—|
|Gateshead||Queen Elizabeth Gateshead scheme 3 phase 1||6,139,179||0 September 1981||26 April 1985 A||200||6|
|Gateshead||Queen Elizabeth Gateshead scheme 3 phase 2||1,762,698||10 January 1983||9 October 1984 A||—||—|
|South Tees||South Cleveland general scheme 2 phase 1B||6,143,060||28 May 1985||30 January 1988 E||150||—|
|South Tees||South Cleveland general scheme 2 phase 1C||1,034,004||9 December 1985||3 March 1987 A||—||—|
|South Tyneside||South Shields general scheme 3 phase 1||12,011,032||24 January 1987||25 January 1990 E||342||5|
|Northumberland||St. Georges hospital boilerhouse||1,213,183||29 June 1987||29 December 1988 E||—||—|
|South Cumbria||Westmoreland DGH scheme 1 phase 1||15,410,127||7 September 1987||7 September 1990 E||340||2|
|Bradford||Bradford royal infirmary wards/theatres (nucleus)||2,311,000||10 September 1984||12 September 1986 A||56||4|
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.