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Crisis Loans

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received a crisis loan in each (a) region and (b) JobCentre Plus district in each of the last five years. (252590)

The available information is provided in the following tables.

Crisis loan initial awards by region and year

Region

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

East of England

70,540

74,390

92,850

111,650

East Midlands

40,640

34,720

47,240

67,850

London

109,910

109,260

128,190

135,280

North East

52,410

53,950

65,280

110,010

North West

155,770

157,140

170,030

240,780

Scotland

209,260

223,600

219,830

266,310

South East

123,480

122,500

104,320

177,740

South West

54,130

56,830

62,120

67,100

Wales

48,960

54,500

51,160

79,730

West Midlands

60,970

52,780

50,200

76,000

Yorkshire and Humberside

74,290

76,320

80,700

98,630

Jobcentre Plus social fund budget area (ordered by region)

Crisis loan initial awards in 2007-08

East of England

Essex

36,270

Norwich Benefit Delivery Centre

75,380

East Midlands

East Midlands North

31,400

South East Midlands

36,450

London

Central and East London

40,060

London South

46,440

North and North East London

24,580

West London

24,200

North East

Northumbria

35,470

South Tyne and Wear Valley

46,350

Tees Valley

28,190

North West

Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre

140,560

Greater Liverpool and Cheshire

100,220

Scotland

Inverness Benefit Delivery Centre

95,780

Springburn Benefit Delivery Centre

170,530

South East

Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey

64,310

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex

113,430

South West

South West Central

67,100

Wales

Llanelli Benefit Delivery Centre

34,330

South East Wales

45,400

West Midlands

West Midlands Social Fund

76,000

Yorkshire and Humberside

Bradford

28,860

Sheffield

69,770

Notes:

1. Regions are Government office regions. Data by region are available only from April 2004. Awards are recorded in the region where they are administered. Until January 2005, a small area of the East of England region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the London region. Until March 2005, a small area of the East Midlands region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the North West region.

2. In recent years there have been many changes to the boundaries of Jobcentre Plus districts. 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 data for the last five years. The last split took place in August 2006. Since then some districts have merged, so to provide data for the year 2007-08, it has been organised on the basis of the current Jobcentre Plus social fund budget area structure.

3. Figures are for awards, not for the number of people who received an award. (Some people received more than one award.)

4. Figures are for initial awards only. Awards made after review are not included.

5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) applied for and (b) received a crisis loan in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by the smallest administrative area for which figures are available. (254862)

The available information is provided in the following tables:

Crisis loan applications received in England and Wales by region and year

Region

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

East of England

89,930

97,440

118,400

167,620

East Midlands

47,060

41,300

59,290

104,370

London

150,080

148,840

171,620

183,790

North East

67,960

72,140

87,770

157,910

North West

205,750

203,960

217,670

331,960

South East

149,670

149,330

126,800

238,940

South West

69,790

70,350

83,210

97,470

Wales

67,160

73,670

72,730

124,140

West Midlands

82,110

73,910

76,160

140,110

Yorkshire and Humberside

101,510

109,150

114,180

159,310

Crisis loan initial awards made in England and Wales by region and year

Region

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

East of England

70,540

74,390

92,850

111,650

East Midlands

40,640

34,720

47,240

67,850

London

109,910

109,260

128,190

135,280

North East

52,410

53,950

65,280

110,010

North West

155,770

157,140

170,030

240,780

South East

123,480

122,500

104,320

177,740

South West

54,130

56,830

62,120

67,100

Wales

48,960

54,500

51,160

79,730

West Midlands

60,970

52,780

50,200

76,000

Yorkshire and Humberside

74,290

76,320

80,700

98,630

Notes:

1. Regions are Government office regions. Data by region are available only from April 2004. Applications and awards are recorded in the region where they are administered. Until January 2005, a small area of the East of England region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the London region. Until March 2005, a small area of the East Midlands region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the North West region.

2. In recent years there have been many changes to the boundaries of Jobcentre Plus districts. 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 data for the last five years. The smallest administrative area for which comparable data is available (for the last four rather than five years) is region.

3. Figures are for applications received, not for the number of people who made an application, and for awards made, not the number of people who received an award. (Some people made more than one application or received more than one award.)

4. Figures are for initial awards only. Awards made after review are not included.

5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.