To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many people aged 60 years or over receive income support in (a) Northumbria, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) Cleveland, (d) Durham, (e) North Yorkshire, (f) South Yorkshire, (g) West Yorkshire and (h) Humberside;(2) what is the take-up of income support on a caseload basis by people aged 60 years or over in the regions
(a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) North.
The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency, will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available and a copy will be placed in the Library.
Letter from Ann Robinson to Mr. Hugh Bayley, dated 1 April 1993:
As Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency it is the responsibility of Mr. Michael Bichard to answer questions about relevant operational matters. However as Mr. Bichard is away at the moment I am replying to your recent Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State for Social Security asking how many people aged 60 years or over receive Income Support in (a) Northumbria, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) Cleveland, (d) Durham, (e) North Yorkshire, (f) South Yorkshire, (g) West Yorkshire and (h) Humberside, and also what is the take-up of Income Support on a caseload basis by people aged 60 years or over in the regions (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) North.
The information is not available in the geographical areas requested. Information about the take-up of Income Support is not available.
However, we do retain information concerning the number of recipients of Income Support aged 60 or over by District, and this is appended. The information has been obtained from the latest available Management Information Statistics for Income Support as at the end of February 1993.
I hope you find this reply helpful. A copy will appear in the Official Report and a copy will also be placed in the Library.
Income support recipients aged 60 or over by district
|Rother and Dearne||9,432|
|Leeds Aire and Wharfe||9,335|
Information obtained from latest available Income Support Management Information Statistics.