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Maternity Benefits

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been (a) awarded and (b) refused a Sure Start Maternity Grant in each of the last five years; and on what grounds such refusals have been made. (279660)

The available information is given as follows.

Sure Start Maternity Grants

Number of awards and initial refusals

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Number of awards

235,900

237,500

236,700

243,100

262,600

Number of initial refusals

94,500

98,900

105,000

105,400

110,800

Number of initial refusals by reason for refusal

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

No qualifying benefit or tax credit

71,100

74,400

77,100

77,500

87,100

Certificate not provided

14,900

15,300

19,800

17,600

10,000

Claim made too early

13,400

14,500

14,500

12,800

12,800

Claim made too late

3,100

3,000

3,200

4,000

4,400

Repeat application

1,300

1,300

1,400

2,800

2,400

Other

3,300

2,800

2,700

3,900

5,900

Notes:

1. The number of awards includes awards made after re-consideration or appeal.

2. The number of initial refusals is the number of claims refused at the initial decision-making stage. Some claims which are refused at the initial decision-making stage may be successful on re-consideration or appeal. As a result, some claims may be counted under both awards and initial refusals.

3. Up to two reasons for refusal can be recorded for each claim which is initially refused. Therefore, for each year, the total number of reasons for refusal exceeds the number of initial refusals.

4. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Source:

DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.