HC Deb 21 February 1977 vol 926 c439W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for the Social Services under what circumstances his Department pays for debts in respect of mortgage interest; on how many occasions in the last 12 months for which figures are available this has occurred; and what has been the cost to public funds.

Mr. Orme

Supplementary benefit is awarded very exceptionally to meet arrears, for example, where there is no other way of preventing homelessness resulting from debts which accrued while a mortgagor was eligible for but not receiving benefit. Information about numbers is not collected.