HC Deb 28 February 1972 vol 832 c52W
Mr. Marks

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what arrangements he has made for increases of staff and overtime work in offices of the Department of Health and Social Security in view of the increased number of people claiming benefits.

Sir K. Joseph

During the current financial year the number of staff in local offices has been increased from 45,800 to 47,500 up to 1st January, 1972. Provision is being made for further additions to meet the continuing increase in work loads. Overtime and the employment of casual staff are used primarily to deal with non-recurrent work and temporary increases in work loads.