HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 c128W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the travel-to-work areas or the social security benefit office areas that make up the Carmarthen constituency are in receipt of supplementary benefit; and, of these, how many are (a) retirement pensioners and (b) heads of single parent families.

Mr. Newton

Information is not available in the precise form requested. The numbers claiming from the local office in Carmarthen at August 1982 are as follows:

All supplementary benefit claimants 3,100
Pensioners 1,200
Single parent families* 300

* Excludes some single parent families counted in other groups, eg those receiving national insurance benefits.

Source: 100 per cent. count of claims in action.

Mr. John Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in fixing the single householder short-term rate of allowance for supplementary benefit purposes, how much is estimated as being a reasonable sum for food.

Mr. Newton

No such estimate is made.

Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether young unemployed people who turn down a youth training scheme place will be able to continue to claim supplementary benefit while attending educational courses of up to 21 hours a week.

Mr. Newton

We are still considering the precise operation of the 21-hour rule in relation to the youth training scheme, and will wish to take account of experience of the rule under the new regulations.