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Social Fund

Volume 127: debated on Friday 12 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much of the expenditure on the social fund set out in table 15.1 of volume II of the Government's expenditure plans 1988–89 to 1990–91 for each year between 1988–89 to 1990–91 is attributable to (a) help with maternity expenses, (b) help with funeral expenses, (c) severe weather payments, (d) community care grants, (e) budget loans and (f) crisis loans.

Information for 1989–90 and 1990–91 was given in my reply to the hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) on 1 February at column 488. The breakdown for maternity and funeral payments for those two years is as follows:

£ million
Maternity payments19·319·6
Funeral payments15·916·7
The information for 1988–89 is as follows:

£ million
Maternity payments19
Funeral payments15
Exceptionally cold weather payments4·5
Community care grants60
Net cost of loans165
1 Separate allocations are not made for budgeting and crisis loans.