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Benefit Claimants

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the average number of claimants of (a) income support, (b) unemployment benefit and (c) family credit, at each box in each of the district offices of the Department of Health and Social Services, in each month during 1988 and 1989.

[holding answer 16 January 1990]: Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However the most recent figures for the average numbers of unemployed claimants by box in each social security office in Northern Ireland are as follows:

Numbers of unemployed at 14 December 1989
Social Security officeAverage number of claimants per box
Andersontown169
Antrim236
Armagh216
Ballymena125
Ballymoney171
Ballynahinch49
Banbridge153
Bangor247
Carrickfergus115
Coleraine367
Cookstown229
Corporation Street209
Downpatrick189
Dungannon229
Enniskillen238
Falls234
Holywood Road237
Kilkeel92
Knockbreda213
Larne207
Limavady144
Lisburn 1168
Londonderry202
Lurgan189
Magherafelt198
Newcastle230
Newry211
Newtownabbey384
Newtownards341
Omagh345
Portadown162
Shaftesbury Square228
Shankill250
Strabane181
1 Figures at 11 January 1990.