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Volume 205: debated on Monday 16 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many households are currently receiving disabled living allowance and whether he will make a statement as to the effect of housing costs being excluded from calculations for this allowance.

Disability living allowance will not begin to be paid until 6 April 1992.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many inquiries were made through the benefit inquiry line by the end of February; and how many were concerned with (a) disability living allowance, (b) disability working allowance, (c) other disability benefits and (d) a combination of the above.

entitlement category; and if he will express the total as a proportion of all full-time students who would be entitled to these benefits if they were not students.

The latest available data for term-time indicate that in May 1991, 5,200 students were receiving housing benefit. Of these, 1,200 were also in receipt of income support. Data for August 1991 show 3,100 students were receiving housing benefit of whom 1,600 were also in receipt of income support.A breakdown of the different categories of student claiming and information about the number of students on income support but not on housing benefit are not available. Similarly, information on the number of students who would be eligible for benefits but for their student status is not available. However, previous survey data have shown that only a minority of students claimed benefits.

Source: The housing benefit and community charge benefit management information system quarterly stock count for May and August 1991.