§ Mr. Wareing
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the number of persons (a) receiving the domestic assistance addition and the average weekly payment and (b) receiving the domestic assistance addition for the travelling expenses incurred by a caring relative and the average weekly payment for each of the past five years.
§ Mr. Major
The information to 1984 (the latest available date) is as follows:153W
Total number of domestic assistance additions (thousands) * Average weekly amount £ 1980 4 1.37 1981 5 2.51 1982 4 3.83 1983 2 3.59 †1984 3 3.92 * These amounts do not take account of the effect of the available scale margin in relevant cases so that the average amount of benefit actually received would be somewhat lower than shown. † Provisional figures.
Source: Annual statistical inquiries.
No information is available about the number and amounts included within the domestic assistance additions in respect of the travelling expenses incurred by a caring relative.