§ Mrs. Winifred Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average waiting time of women applicants separated from their husbands for financial help in offices under her Department's jurisdiction.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
This information is not available. However, in the great majority of cases decisions on claims to supplementary allowances are issued280W within five working days of receipt of claims, both days included. This period covers the visit to the claimant's home address and the subsequent assessment and payment processes. Immediate payment is made where urgent need is established.