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Flooding, Llandudno

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what percentage of applicants to the crisis fund following the Llandudno flooding were made from people in receipt of invalidity benefit; and if he will make a statement;(2) how many applications to the crisis fund he received in the aftermath of the Llandudno flooding; what percentage of these have been granted; and if he will make a statement.

The administration of the social fund is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member and a copy will be placed in the Library.

Letter from M. Bichard to Mr. Alex Carlile, dated 22 July 1993:

As Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency, it is my responsibility to answer questions about relevant operational matters. I am therefore replying to your recent Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State for Social Security asking how many applications to the crisis fund he received in the aftermath of the Llandudno flooding; what percentage of these have been granted and what percentage of these were from people in receipt of invalidity benefit.
The Benefits Agency District of North Wales Coast, which serves the area affected by the flooding, received 187 applications for a Crisis Loan from victims of the flood. All of these applications resulted in an award. Eight of the applications (4ยท3 per cent.) were from people in receipt of Invalidity Benefit.
I hope you find this reply helpful. A copy of this letter will appear in the Official Report and a copy will be placed in the Library.