HC Deb 10 May 1988 vol 133 cc86-7W
63. Mr. Kennedy

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of claims for single payments outstanding at his Department's offices in Scotland on 11 April, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo

The boundaries of the Department's local office areas and the Scottish regions are not conterminous. The numbers of claims for single payments outstanding at close of business on 8 April 1988 in each of the Department's offices in Scotland which handles supplementary benefit claims are as follows. (The figures are provisional and subject to revision).

Aberdeen North 386
Aberdeen South 1,816
Airdrie 3,571
Arbroath 278
Ayr 4,937
Bellshill 3,103
Bathgate 809
Campbeltown 4
Clydebank 2,337
Coatbridge 2,517
Cowdenbeath 943
Cumbernauld 2,803
Dumbarton 1,807
Dumfries 471
Dundee East 1,059
Dundee West 624
Dunfermline 1,599
East Kilbride 145
Edinburgh City 2,141
Edinburgh East 2,942
Edinburgh North 311

Edinburgh South 695
Edinburgh West 318
Elgin 314
Falkirk 3,268
Fort William 117
Galashiels 68
Glasgow Anniesland 4,250
Glasgow Bridgeton 575
Glasgow City 3,400
Glasgow Craigton 5,335
Glasgow Cranstonhill 56
Glasgow Laurieston 959
Glasgow Maryhill 4,302
Glasgow Parkhead 829
Glasgow Partick 666
Glasgow Provan 1,400
Glasgow Rutherglen 495
Glasgow Southside 1,064
Glasgow Springburn 6,358
Greenock 599
Hamilton 1,100
Inverness 1,105
Irvine 3,467
Johnstone 95
Kilmarnock 859
Kirkcaldy 434
Lerwick 3
Leven 352
Motherwell 3,841
Oban 12
Paisley 416
Perth 1,958
Peterhead 513
Port Glasgow 2,875
Stirling 808
Stornoway 130
Stranraer 168
Wick 130
TOTAL 87,937

Those offices having the largest numbers of single payment claims outstanding are generally in areas where take-up campaigns have been organised by local and regional councils. In response, central management in Scotland has deployed teams of experienced officers in those offices which have been most heavily affected. Claims have been sifted in order to identify those which are most urgent and these have been given priority. In addition consideration is being given to the possibility of additional overtime working to clear the backlog. At the current rate of progress it is hoped that the bulk of the outstanding claims will have been cleared by the end of June.

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