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Social Fund

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in (a) each of the last 12 quarters and (b) in each month of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (241198)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Average time for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in Great Britain in each of the last 12 quarters

Quarter ending

Average actual clearance time (working days)

December 2005

1.4

March 2006

1.4

June 2006

1.4

September 2006

1.4

December 2006

1.6

March 2007

1.6

June 2007

1.6

September 2007

1.7

December 2007

1.7

March 2008

1.8

June 2008

1.9

September 2008

1.8

Average time for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in Great Britain in each month of the last three years

Month

Average actual clearance time (working days)

December 2005

1.4

January 2006

1.4

February 2006

1.4

March 2006

1.4

April 2006

1.3

May 2006

1.4

June 2006

1.5

July 2006

1.4

August 2006

1.4

September 206

1.4

October 2006

1.5

November 2006

1.6

December 2006

1.7

January 2007

1.6

February 2007

1.5

March 2007

1.7

April 2007

1.6

May 2007

1.6

June 2007

1.5

July 2007

1.6

August 2007

1.7

September 2007

1.7

October 2007

1.6

November 2007

1.7

December 2007

1.8

January 2008

1.7

February 2008

1.8

March 2008

1.8

April 2008

1.9

May 2008

1.8

June 2008

2.0

July 2008

1.9

August 2008

1.8

September 2008

1.7

October 2008

1.8

November 2008

1.7

Notes:

1. The clearance time for an individual Crisis Loan application is measured in whole working days from the date the application is received until the date the decision is taken on whether to make a loan offer and, if a loan offer is made, the number of whole working days between receiving the applicant’s reply to the offer and the recording of that reply. The minimum clearance time recorded for an individual Crisis Loan application is one working day, even if the application is cleared immediately.

2. Numbers are based on applications cleared in each period, not on applications received during that period.

Source:

DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System