§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Scotland have been 628W able to get social security assistance with the payment of their water bills even though they receive benefits on account of their exceptional and financial circumstances.
§ Dr. Boyson
Help with water charges is given through the supplementary benefit scheme in Scotland in the same way as in England and Wales, that the amount of water charges payable is taken into account in the supplementary benefit assessment.
The following figures show the number of householders in Scotland who were receiving supplementary benefit for each of the last four years up to the latest available date.
August thousand 1980 221 1981 247 1982 276 1983 286