HC Deb 16 December 1982 vol 34 cc243-4W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) why there is no right of appeal against payments of supplementary benefits at emergency centres in Birmingham;

(2) what is the authority for the operation of the emergency supplementary benefit payments at less than the full rate in Birmingham.

Mr. Newton

The money being paid out by emergency centres in Birmingham is not supplementary benefit; nor is it any benefit under any of the various Social Security Acts. It is money paid on account of benefit under extra-statutory arrangements made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to prevent hardship among those deprived of their benefit.