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Social Fund

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff at each of his Department's offices were employed to process (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grant applications in each month since 2003; and if he will make a statement; (214919)

(2) how many staff were employed in running the Social Fund in each month since April 2003, broken down by site and scheme; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many staff were employed to process (a) crisis loan, (b) budgeting loan and (c) community care grant applications in each month since 2003, broken down by location of employment; and if he will make a statement.

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 17 July 2008:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your recent questions on staff allocations for social fund application processing asking: how many staff at each of his Department's offices were employed to process (a) crisis loans (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grant applications in each month since 2003: how many staff were employed in running the Social Fund in each month since April 2003 broken down by site and scheme: how many staff were employed to process (a) a crisis loan (b) a budgeting loan and (c) community care grant applications in each month since 2003 broken down by location of employment. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

We began centralising benefit delivery in April 2006. Prior to this staff were working on social fund applications at Jobcentres and Social Security offices throughout the country and we did not keep staffing data specific to these job roles.

The available information is for the total number of staff employed nationally on each Social Fund type and is set out in the following table.

Staff employed to process community care grants, crisis loans and budgeting loans (full-time equivalents)

April 2006

May 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

Process SF Community Care Grants

578.73

585.9

600.77

635.11

626.29

614.39

Process SF Crisis Loans

658.69

855.61

847.62

849.55

860.16

848.97

Process SF Budgeting Loans

899.59

960.35

981.1

994.18

988.03

986.72

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

Process SF Community Care Grants

632.6

634.7

634.32

645.43

637.5

635.45

Process SF Crisis Loans

1,018.64

1,042.34

1,076.91

1,041.20

1,014.04

1,017.65

Process SF Budgeting Loans

980.35

970.1

952.6

935.79

947.16

931.5

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

Process SF Community Care Grants

639.18

639.49

653

648.19

611.38

609.07

Process SF Crisis Loans

1,018.04

1,053.50

1,128.56

1,541.62

1,560.06

1,814.32

Process SF Budgeting Loans

890.81

900.05

875.61

800.82

669.16

629.31

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

Process SF Community Care Grants

610.43

573.17

559.96

560.99

560.16

553.43

Process SF Crisis Loans

1,814.23

1,833.30

1,823.42

1,825.56

1,799.51

1,754.12

Process SF Budgeting Loans

631.57

555.62

597.05

561.08

558.84

525.17

April 2008

May 2008

Process SF Community Care Grants

561.4

579.97

Process SF Crisis Loans

1,261.68

1,311.28

Process SF Budgeting Loans

470.9

455.44

Source:

Activity Based Management Data.