HC Deb 12 March 1985 vol 75 cc110-1W
39. Mr. John Townend

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what amount has been paid out in board and lodging benefits for the years 1979–80 to 1983–84; and what is the estimated expenditure for 1984–85 and 1985–86.

Mr. Whitney

Annual spending on supplementary benefit for people in all forms of board and lodging accommodation, based on the annual statistical inquiry showing the position at December of each year, is given in the table. 1983 figures are provisional. Estimates are not yet available for December 1985, although on the basis of present trends we have indicated there would be a further dramatic increase if no action were taken to curb expenditure.

£ million
1979 62
1980 94
1981 138
1982 205
1983 372
1984* 570
* Estimate.

41. Mr. Bruce

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from Scotland concerning proposed changes in his Department's board and lodgings allowances.

Mr. Whitney

A list of all those organisations and individuals who made represenations to the Social Security Advisory Committee about the proposals on board and lodging payments has been placed in the Library.