§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the constituency of Fife, North-East are currently in receipt of the following benefits(a) supplementary benefit, (b) unemployment benefit, (c) housing benefit, (d) child benefit, and (e) mobility allowance; and how many supplementary benefit payments were made to Fife, North-East residents in the last financial year.
§ Mr. Portillo
(a) The Fife, North-East constituency is covered by the Department's local offices at Dundee, East, Perth and Leven, although their boundaries are not conterminous. The table shows the number of people receiving supplementary benefit from those offices as at 28 July 1987, the latest date for which information is available:
Number Dundee East 12,626 Perth 8,821 Leven 5,465 Total 26,912
(Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action)
(b) Similarly, the constituency is covered by the Department of Employment's unemployment benefit offices at Leven and Glenrothes, and again the boundaries are not conterminous. The table shows the number of people receiving unemployment benefit from those offices as at 14 May 1987, the latest date for which information is available:
Number Leven 1,446 Glenrothes 1,474 Total 2,920
(Source: 100 per cent. count of cases where UB is in payment)432W
(c) The provisional number of rate rebate recipients for Fife North-East district council in the current financial year is 7,565. This is the nearest available equivalent to the information requested.
(d-e) Child benefit and mobility allowance are administered centrally and I regret that there is no information specific to Fife.
The number of supplementary benefit single payments made through the local offices of the Department covering the constituency for the 1986–87 financial year were:
Dundee, East Perth Leven 17,028 6,059 6,118
§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services why Mrs Ellis and her 15-year-old son of 21 Valentine crescent. Sheffield 5, have been refused an urgent needs payment.
§ Mr. Portillo
The question of Mrs. Ellis' entitlement to an urgent need payment is for the independent adjudication authority to decide. If Mrs. Ellis is dissatisfied with the decision, she has the right of appeal to the social security appeal tribunal.