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Crisis Loans

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans awarded in each of the last five years were made to applicants who had previously received more than three crisis loans in the same year. (262133)

The available information is provided in the following table.

Crisis loan awards for Great Britain

Number of awards made to applicants who had previously received four or more awards in the year

2003-04

70,700

2004-05

64,800

2005-06

67,000

2006-07

85,900

2007-08

164,300

Notes:

1. If, for example, an applicant received seven awards in a financial year, three awards would be counted in the table.

2. The numbers of applications and repayable loans which could be held on the Social Fund Computer System for an individual customer were increased in October 2006. This means that the figures for 2003-04 to 2005-06 are not strictly comparable with that for 2006-07 or for 2007-08, but the impact is small.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Source:

Analysis of scans of Crisis Loan final decisions taken in each financial year and held on the Social Fund Computer System on 30 September following the financial year. A final decision is either an initial decision or a review decision. One award is counted for each application which is successful initially and/or on review. For each financial year: awards for which initial decisions were made before the financial year but which were reviewed in the financial year are included on the scan; awards on which initial decisions were made in the financial year but which were reviewed after the year ended are not included on the scan.