§ Mr. Dickens
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the new local office serving the City of London will begin dealing with income support and social fund claims.
§ Mr. Scott
The new City of London office, which has existed since January 1988, is expected to assume responsibility for administering income support and the social fund from 1 November. It will cover some areas previously served by the local offices in Bloomsbury and Westminster. Accordingly the social fund budget allocations to these other offices have been reduced proportionately and the money reallocated to the City. The new allocations are:
Grants budget £ Loans budget £ Period of allocation Bloomsbury 92,343 208,526 11 April 1988 to 31 March 1989 City 27,206 73,746 1 November 1988 to 31 March 1989 Westminster 71,429 169,017 11 April 1988 to 31 March 1989