HC Deb 07 March 1986 vol 93 cc320-1W
Mr. Sean Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide a breakdown for people awaiting single payments at the Huyton office of his Department, between the numbers claiming for items of furniture, diet allowance and extra heating allowance, respectively.

Mr. Major

Information is not available in the precise form requested. A recent count has shown that 970 single payment claims for furniture are outstanding at the Huyton local office, but, as one person can make several claims at any one time, information cannot be derived from this to show how many people are awaiting such single payments.

Mr. Sean Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the average period of delay experienced by claimants to the Huyton office of his Department for the hearing of tribunal appeal cases;

(2) how many people are presently awaiting the hearing of tribunal appeal cases at the Huyton office of his Department; and how many have experienced delays of three, four, five and six months, respectively.

Mr. Major

There are currently 123 social security benefit appeals outstanding at the Department's Huyton local office. The latest available statistics, which are for the quarter ended 31 December 1984, show that the average length of time from lodgement of a social security benefit appeal to tribunal hearing, for the social security north-western region which covers the Huyton area, was 15.8 weeks. A breakdown of this figure is given in the table.

Equivalent figures are not available for localities smaller than a region.

Clearance rate (in weeks) from Lodgement to Hearing
Weeks Great Britain North-Western
1 9 2
2 19 1
3 167 23
4 722 82
5 1507 142
6 2150 238
7 2169 219
8 2182 280
9 1916 229
10 1733 261
11 1453 261
12 1319 255
13 1168 220
Over 13 9626 2158
Average 13.9 15.8