§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the latest available figure of the number of persons in receipt of income support in Wales and the percentage this constitutes of the total number eligible for income support.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The latest available estimates are that 246,000 claimants were in receipt of income support in Wales at May 1989. Information about the total number of people eligible for income support can be obtained only for Great Britain, and only retrospectively, from family expenditure survey data.
§ Mrs. Margaret Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people who have been in receipt of attendance allowance at (i) the higher rate and (ii) the lower rate have had their attendance allowance reduced in each year since 1983.
§ Mr. Scott
[holding answer 27 November 1989]: I regret that not all the requested information is available. The available information is in the table.
Attendance allowance: number of awards reduced and terminated 1984–89 Year Awards1 Awards2 terminated 1984 2,572 21,774 1985 2,705 22,985 1986 2,886 23,701 1987 2,671 22,717 1988 3,107 25,141 31989 2,602 20,563 1 Reduced from higher-rate to lower-rate. 2 Includes higher-rate and lower-rate awards which were terminated other than on expiry of the award or on death of the recipient. 3 To 30 September 1989.