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Income Support

Volume 173: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, (Mr. Field), on 8 May, Official Report, column 87, what was the proportion and number of income support and unemployment benefit claimants who (i) successfully and (ii) unsuccessfully claimed reduced income support under the hardship rules in each month since 9 October 1989 and, for each category, the numbers whose claim was in doubt due to (a) actively seeking work, (b) availability and (c) restricted availability, and the numbers in each case whose claim was awaiting adjudication, had been disallowed, or was subsequently allowed; and if he will break the figures down by region.

The statistics kept are given in the table. The remainder of the information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Social Security Region

North East


London North

London South

Wales and South West

North West


National Total

March 1990

Was unavailable1:
Awards made27107824292430222
Awards refused8717720101281
Did not actively seek work:
Awards made11327101831486
Awards refused034283121

April 1990

Was unavailable1:
Awards made37133913412013176
Awards refused18934168462
Did not actively seek work:
Awards made53151083145
Awards refused1051544332

1 Includes unavailability for total or part week, and unreasonable restriction on occupation where appropriate.

Notes:1. All figures are provisional and subject to amendment.

2. No individual figure in the table exceeds 0ยท01 per cent. of the latest available number of Income Support claimants.