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Social Fund

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of refusal was for Social Fund applications in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type and (b) reason for rejection. (163513)

The available information is in the following tables.

Budgeting loans, Great Britain, 1 April 2007 to 31 October 2007

Refusal reason

Number of initial refusals

Initial refusals as percentage of initial decisions

Outstanding debt

96,300

11.1

Not on IS/JSA(IB)/PC

40,600

4.7

Not in receipt of qualifying benefit for 26 weeks

65,400

7.5

Other

3,900

0.4

Total

206,100

23.7

Crisis loans, Great Britain, 1 April 2007 to 31 October 2007

Refusal reason

Number of initial refusals

Initial refusals as percentage of initial decisions

No serious risk to health and safety

247,400

21.8

Help available from another source

1,100

0.1

Excluded items

13,100

1.2

Inability to repay

7,400

0.6

Previous application and decision

33,100

2.9

JSA sanction or disallowance

5,800

0.5

Other

5,200

0.5

Total

313,100

27.5

Community care grants, Great Britain, 1 April 2007 to 31 October 2007Refusal reasonNumber of initial refusalsInitial refusals as percentage of initial decisionsSavings sufficient to meet cost3000.1Not in receipt of IS/JSA(IB)/PC and unlikely to be27,4008.5Excluded items9,8003.0Amount is less than £30, not travelling expenses2000.1Direction 4 not satisfied106,70033.1Previous application and decision9,0002.8Insufficient priority19,3006.0Other2,2000.7Total174,80054.2 Key:IS =income supportJSA(IB) = jobseeker's allowance (income-based)PC = pension creditNotes1. An application may be refused for more than one reason. These tables are based on primary refusal reasons.2. Numbers of initial refusals have been rounded to the nearest 100. Percentages have been rounded to one decimal place and have been calculated from unrounded numbers. Totals may not sum due to rounding.Source: DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.