§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the number of claims in each of the following categories lodged with (a) the Erdington, Birmingham Department of Health and Social Security office and (b) with all other Birmingham Department of Health and Social Security Offices on 10 May 1933, 10 43W June 1983 and the latest convenient date (i) emergency payment cases not paid correct benefit; (ii) fresh claims not actioned; and (iii) postal claims not dealt with.
(i) Emergency payment cases not paid correct benefit (ii) Fresh claims not actioned* Postal claims not dealt with† Date Erdington Other Birmingham offices Erdington Other Birmingham offices Erdington Other Birmingham offices 10 May 1983 3,161 1,471 2,464 7,302 2,443 4,190 7 June 1983 1,610 Nil 1,333 4,669 ‡ 502 1,485 21 June 1983 ║ Nil Nil ¶ N/A ¶ N/A ● 370 1,608 Notes: * This category includes category (iii). † Figures for postal claims outstanding will include a proportion of claims not finally cleared because of the need to return the form to the claimant for correct completion, or because some other inquiry is necessary before the claim can be resolved. ‡ A further 909 postal claims in respect of earlier periods were also outstanding. ║ All cases are receiving their correct current weekly benefit but, as of 29 June 1983, 485 were owed arrears of benefit from the time of the industrial dispute in Birmingham. These arrears will be cleared by 8 July 1983. ¶ The next count of these figures will not take place until 5 July 1983. ● A further 234 postal claims in respect of earlier periods were also outstanding. These claims will be cleared by 8 July 1983.