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Students (Benefits)

Volume 168: debated on Monday 5 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total number of claims paid, the average length and total cost of income support paid to students in each region and in Great Britain during the summer vacation of 1989.

The information requested is in the table.

RegionNumber of claimsAverage length weeksBenefit cost £
North East25,6566·154,701,900
London North12,5034·972,125,366
Wales and South West17,9276·093,431,654
Midlands21,5935·913,729,968
North West22,7546·694,370,808
Scotland26,5607·344,824,092
London South10,1705·711,955,010
Totals135,1636 weeks25,138,798

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total number of claims paid, the average length, and total cost of housing benefit paid to students in each region and in Great Britain during the summer vacation of 1989.

Information is not available in the form requested. However, management information returns for May 1988 show that there were 78,000 housing benefit claims from students current at that time. The average amount of housing benefit in payment was £7·80.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total number of claims paid, the average length, and total cost of unemployment benefit paid to students in each region and in Great Britain during the summer vacation of 1989.

I regret that this information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.