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Income Support

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what is the average amount of deductions for recipients of income support who receive the disability premium and have (a) more than one deduction and (b) more than two deductions;(2) how many recipients of income support are subject to more than

(a) one, (b) two or (c) three deductions from their income support; and what is the average amount per person of those deductions;

(3) what is the number and average amount of deductions for recipients of income support who receive the lone parent premium and have (a) more than one deduction and (b) more than two deductions;

(4) what is the number and average amount of deductions for recipients of income support who receive the family premium and have (a) more than one deduction and (b) more than two deductions.

I shall write to the hon. Member shortly wth such information as is available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many income support and unemployment benefit claimants have (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully claimed income support under the hardship rules, showing those whose claim was in doubt due to (i) not actively seeking work, (ii) refusing suitable employment and (iii) availability for work for each region and for Great Britain as a whole for each quarter since April 1992.

The administration of income support is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available and a copy will be placed in the Library.

Letter from Michael Bichard to Ms Clare Short, dated 26 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 Question to the Secretary of State for Social Security asking how many income support and unemployment benefit claimants have (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully claimed income support under the hardship rules, showing those whose claim was in doubt due to (i) not actively seeking work, (ii) refusing suitable employment and (iii) availability for work for each region and for Great Britain as a whole for each quarter since 1992.

The information has been taken from the Benefits Agency Management Information Statistics and is attached. The number of customers who have successfully or unsuccessfully

Availability for work—Hardship Applications

Territory

June 1992

September 1992

December 1992

March 1993

Scotland and Northern

1A

203213152136

2R

46836689
Wales and Central

1A

15015616852

2R

84735455
Southern

1A

370416293421

2R

115146261428
National Totals

1A

723785613609

2R

245302381572

1A =Awards

2R = Refusals

Actively Seeking Work—Hardship Applications

Territory

June 1992

September 1992

December 1992

March 1993

Scotland and Northern

1A

24431419

2R

13914596112
Wales and Central

1A

52693038

2R

55594425
Southern

1A

7114110175

2R

54512135
National Totals

1A

147253145132

2R

248255161172

1A = Awards

2R = Refusals

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the average level of deductions from income support excluding current liability for mortgage interest in each year since 1989.

The information requested can be obtained from the figures in table 10.1 of volume 1 of the "Department of Social Security Income Support Statistics Annual Statistical Enquiry", May 1989 to May 1992, copies of which are in the Library.Separate statistics for current liability for mortgage interest were not collected for the years 1989 to 1991 and are only available for May 1992.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list by premium the deductions made from the income support of persons who receive the lower rate of income support for persons aged under 25 years.

The numbers of deductions made from the benefit of income support recipients who receive the under 25 years of age rate of income support and who are entitled to a premium are as follows:

applied for a hardship payment because they have refused suitable employment are included in the numbers of customers whose claim is in doubt because of their availability for employment. I regret it is not possible to break this figure down.

The figures are based on the Benefits Agency's Territorial structure, which has been in force since April 1991.

I hope that you find this reply helpful. A copy will appear in the Official Report and a copy will also be placed in the Library.

Number

Disability Premium

Community Charge Deduction1,000
Social Fund Recovery4,000

Source:

"Income Support Annual Enquiry", May 1992.

Notes:

1. The figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Recipients with the lower rate of Income Support for those aged under 25 have been identified on the basis that they are under 25, single and without dependents, and do not therefore qualify for the high rate of benefit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many recipients of income support are subject to direct payment of mortgage interest for (a) current liability and (b) arrears.

The latest information in the form requested is in table 10.1 of volume 1 of "Department of Social Security—Income Support Statistics, Annual Statistical Enquiry", May 1992, a copy of which is in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many recipients of income support are having deductions made from their benefit (a) for community charge arrears, (b) fuel bills and (c) social fund repayments; and what percentage of the total number of claimants this represents.

The information requested can be obtained from the figures in tables 3.1 and 10.1 of volume 1 of the "Department of Social Security—Income Support Statistics Annual Statistical Enquiry", May 1992, a copy of which is in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people were dependent (a) on supplementary benefit in 1979 and (b) on income support in 1993; and if he will make a statement.

There were 4·4 million claimants, partners and dependants receiving supplementary benefit in 1979. The latest available income support figures are for May 1992, when there were 8·9 million claimants, partners and dependants receiving income support. Comparisons between supplementary benefit and income support are difficult, since the conditions of entitlement and the basis of assessment differ.

Notes:

1. Sources: Supplementary Benefit Annual Statistical Enquiry, November 1979. Income Support Annual Statistical Enquiry, May 1992.

2. Figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand.