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Crisis Loans

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of income support claimants (a) were repaying a budgeting crisis loan from their benefit, (b) were repaying a budgeting crisis loan at 10 per cent. or more of their benefit and (c) were repaying a crisis loan at 15 per cent. or more of their benefit for each month since January 1989.

The number of loans being repaid on the last day of each month expressed as a percentage of national income support caseload is shown in the table. Information regarding the percentage rate at which loans were being repaid by individual applicants is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Budgeting loans (per cent.)Crisis loans (per cent.)Caseload data used
January 19895·70·9November 1988
February6·11·0February 1989
March6·51·0
April6·91·1
May7·51·1May 1989
June7·81·2
July7·91·2
August7·81·1August 1989
September7·81·1
October7·91·2

Budgeting loans (per cent.)

Crisis loans (per cent.)

Caseload data used

November8·01·2November 1989
December7·91·1