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Social Fund: Finance

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget allocation for (a) crisis loans, (b) community care grants and (c) budgeting loans was for each Jobcentre Plus office administering such schemes in each year since April 2003; and if he will make a statement. (216049)

The available information broken down by Jobcentre Plus budget area is in the tables.

Loans Budgets for Jobcentre Plus budget areas

2006-071

2007-081

East of England

Essex

£14,923,029

£13,412,523

Norwich Benefit Delivery Centre

£28,069,475

£25,753,252

East Midlands

East Midlands North

£19,342,193

£18,277,376

South East Midlands

£22,621,886

£20,739,261

London

Central and East London

£25,269,947

£21,708,685

London South

£38,383,269

£32,853,209

North and North East London

£22,857,023

£21,206,623

West London

£15,709,849

£13,354,462

North East

Northumbria

£16,929,699

£15,815,463

South Tyneside and Wear Valley

£16,925,575

£17,125,954

Tees Valley

£14,440,674

£13,813,267

North West

Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre

£66,904,699

£62,929,808

Greater Liverpool and Cheshire

£47,375,823

£42,824,560

Scotland

Inverness Benefit Delivery Centre

£25,681,880

£23,338,906

Springburn Benefit Delivery Centre

£59,164,971

£55,274,217

South East

Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey

£15,231,730

£15,426,221

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex

£38,335,562

£38,065,260

South West

South West Central

£37,929,724

£33,884,729

Wales

Llanelli Benefit Delivery Centre

£11,439,723

£11,672,162

South East Wales

£30,522,165

£27,304,760

West Midlands

West Midlands Social Fund

£66,336,387

£59,234,565

Yorkshire and Humberside

Bradford

£18,025,465

£16,285,137

Sheffield

£47,579,252

£41,699,600

1 Loans budgets for Jobcentre Plus districts (now budget areas) are therefore given only for the final reallocation or in year allocation in the 2006/07 and 2007/08 financial years. These figures do not include some end of year adjustments to ensure no budgets were overspent. These adjustments were made possible because of underspends elsewhere.

Community care grant budgets for Jobcentre Plus budget areas for 2007-08

£

East of England

Essex

2,347,144

Norwich Benefit Delivery Centre

6,083,490

East Midlands

East Midlands North

3,690,502

South East Midlands

5,027,738

London

Central and East London

7,177,466

London South

8,985,071

North and North East London

4,314,406

West London

3,660,504

North East

Northumbria

2,627,314

South Tyneside and Wear Valley

2,622,220

Tees Valley

2,456,473

North West

Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre

12,402,721

Greater Liverpool and Cheshire

8,141,316

Scotland

Inverness Benefit Delivery Centre

5,743,635

Springburn Benefit Delivery Centre

15,605,303

South East

Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey

2,630,592

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex

5,865,720

South West

South West Central

8,060,436

Wales

Llanelli Benefit Delivery Centre

2,555,656

South East Wales

5,616,541

West Midlands

West Midlands Social Fund

13,207,411

Yorkshire and Humberside

Bradford

3,200,914

Sheffield

8,977,427

Notes:

1. There are not separate budgets for crisis loans and budgeting loans, but rather a combined loans budget for both. The loans budget is managed centrally and re-allocations are made to Jobcentre Plus budget areas quarterly and towards the end of the year. Funds are taken from some of those budget areas with a projected end of year underspend and given to other budget areas.

2. To provide comparable data, budgets are presented on the basis of the current budget area structure. In recent years, there have been many changes to the boundaries of Jobcentre Plus districts, which have led to adjustment of the budgets for the districts involved. In some cases, a district has been split and the parts merged with other districts. For the districts involved in such a situation it is not possible to give comparable budgets from April 2003. The last split took place in August 2006.

3. Community Care Grants for 2006-07 were set before the boundary change in August 2006 involving a split district, and so are not given here. Community Care Grants budgets are not reallocated during the year. However, some allocations were made from the Contingency Reserve in 2007-08. These have not been included. The budgets for 2008-09 are the same as for 2007-08.

Source:

Departmental records of budgets.