HC Deb 18 December 1987 vol 124 cc937-8W
Mr. Wareing

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what budgets have been allocated under the social fund for 1988–89 to each of his Department's offices situated in(a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) Wirral, (f) Clwyd and (g) Gwynedd;

(2) how many claimants received payments of supplementary benefit from his Department's offices situated in (a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) the Wirral, (f) Clwyd, and (g) Gwynedd during 1986; and at what total cost in each case;

(3) what estimate he has of the number of claimants likely to be receiving income support payments from Department of Health and Social Security offices situated in (a) Liverpool, (b) Knowsley, (c) Sefton, (d) St. Helens, (e) the Wirral, (f) Clwyd, and (g) Gwynedd after April 1988; and at what estimated total cost in each case.

Mr. Portillo

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: Local offices which serve the areas requested are as follows. Their boundaries are not conterminous.

(a) Liverpool

  • Liverpool—
  • Belle Vale
  • Breckfield
  • City
  • Edge Hill
  • Garston
  • Norris Green
  • Toxteth
  • West Derby (part)

(b) Knowsley

  • Liverpool—
  • Huyton (part)
  • Kirkby
  • West Derby (part)
  • Widnes (part)

(c) Sefton

  • Liverpool—
  • Bootle
  • Crosby
  • Southport

(d) St. Helens

  • Liverpool—Huyton (part)
  • St. Helens
  • Warrington (part)

(e) Wirral

  • Birkenhead North
  • Birkenhead South
  • 938
  • Wallasey

(f) Clwyd

  • Colwyn Bay (part)
  • Rhy1
  • Wrexham

(g) Gwynedd

  • Anglesey
  • Caernarfon
  • Colwyn Bay (part)
  • Porthmadog/Dolgellau

The allocation of social fund budgets to these offices was contained in my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security and the Disabled's reply to my Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on 4 November at columns 774–781.

The table sets out the number of claimants who received payments of supplementary benefit at each of these offices during 1986.

Number receiving payment of supplementary benefit
Office Number
North 11,802
South 8,747
Belle Vale 6,600
Bootle 7,521
Breckfield 7,248
City 3,656
Crosby 7,156
Edge Hill 5,046
Garston 5,829
Huyton 8,818
Kirkby 10,596
Norris Green 3,983
Toxteth 6,997
West Derby 6,259
St. Helens 12,650
Southport 8,620
Wallasey 7,686
Warrington 14,344
Widnes 10,416
Anglesey 6,356
Caernarfon 5,680
Colwyn Bay 7,719
Porthmadog/Dolgellau 5,982
Rhyl 13,107
Wrexham 19,246

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases, this data is provisional and subject to amendment.

I regret that no information is available on either total benefit expenditure or estimated numbers of income support recipients for the individual areas.