§ Mr. Lyell
The information is as follows:
Numbers of recipients (thousands) Supplementary Benefit December 1985 4,587 November 1979 2,855 Housing Benefit Autumn 1985 17,150 Autumn 1979 (England and Wales) 22,684 April 1979 (Scotland) 2374 1Of these, 3,310,000 were also in receipt of supplementary benefit. 2Relates to the rate rebate scheme which preceded the present housing benefit scheme. The figures do not include supplementary benefit claimants receiving help with their rent and rates under that scheme.
§ Mr. Tony Banks
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the London borough of Newham have been in receipt of (a) supplementary benefit and (b) housing benefit in each year since 1979.