§ The Lord Bishop of Southwark
asked Her Majesty's Government:
For the following information relating to the DSS offices in Brixton, Camberwell, Croydon, Kennington, Lewisham, Oval, Wandsworth and Woolwich—
- (i) For each month since the beginning of June 1988—
- (a) What load of current income support cases has the office carried;
- (b) What percentage of claimants were required to register for work; and
- (c) What percentage of claimants were pensioners.
- (ii) In each month since the beginning of June 1988—
- (a) How many claims for income support were made; and how many were determined;
- (b) How many claims upon the social fund were made; and how many were determined;
- (c) How many items of unlinked correspondence were recorded; and
- (d) What was the number of new claims and cases awaiting review which were recorded as outstanding. Please indicate if this included claims for supplementary benefit.
- (iii) How many claims for supplementary benefit (including adjustments to claims and claims for single payments) are still outstanding.
- (iv) In each month since the beginning of June 1988—
- (a) How many appeals were received;
- (b) How many appeals were outstanding (including adjourned cases);
- (c) How many appeals were scheduled for hearing; and
- (d) How many successful appeals were awaiting payment.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security (Lord Skelmersdale)
I regret that the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost: details of social fund applications and awards are held in the Library.