HC Deb 27 April 1987 vol 115 cc40-1W
Mr. Frank Cook

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many claimants in Cleveland receive invalidity benefit without also receiving supplementary benefit, or housing benefit supplement broken down by the following offices (i) Hadrian house, Eston, (ii) Crown house, Hartlepool, (iii) Royal house, Middlesbrough, (iv) Dawson house, Redcar and (v) Bridge street, Stockton.

Mr. Major

I regret that the information requested is not held.

Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate, for each region, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole of (a) the numbers claiming supplementary benefit, (b) the numbers dependent on claims for supplementary benefit, (c) the numbers claiming housing benefit, and (d) the numbers dependent on claims for housing benefit.

Mr. Lyell

[pursuant to his reply, 9 April 1987, c. 411]: The latest available information is as follows:

individual payment calculated by reference to its current administration costs and caseload. The indicative figures were based on an allocation of £20 million of the £25 million sum, the remaining £5 million being held back to be allocated in the light of the responses.

Just over 400 authorities have responded and some 80 authorities have not responded. Of those who have responded, about 20 have written to say that they are content with the indicative figure sent to them and it is assumed that the same applies to those who have not responded. Some 30 have expressed specific reservations about the adequacy of the indicative amount in their case. The remaining authorities have not made any specific representations but have submitted estimates which exceed their indicative amount. Decisions on the allocation of the full £25 million will be made in the light of all the responses. Each authority will be informed of its allocation shortly.