HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 cc230-1W
Ms. Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many 16 and 17-year-olds, by region, had made applications for income support on grounds of extreme harship; how many had been granted at the end of November 1988, December 1988 and January; and how many at the same dates had been granted income support on grounds of being within exempted categories, shown by category.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The numbers of 16 and 17-year-olds granted income support because they fell within one of the groups defined in regulations ceased to be collected after October 1988 and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The number of applications from 16 and 17-year-olds on grounds of ''severe hardship", and the number of directions given to enable benefit to be paid at each of the dates specified are in the table:

Cumulative totals period ending London North London South Midlands North East North West Wales and South West Scotland Great Britain
27 January 1989
Applications received 281 213 382 705 516 328 1,067 3,492
Directions given 181 143 279 482 320 209 718 2,332


  1. 1. Based on 100 per cent. count of applications received.
  2. 2. Information relates to the number of applications received rather than to the number of individual young people involved. Some individuals may have received more than one direction.
  3. 3. Figures are cumulative to the last Friday in each month.

1983. Dr. Godman

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are receiving income support by way of the Department of Social Security offices in Greenock and Port Glasgow; and what were the comparable figures for those in receipt of supplementary benefit in(a) 1979 and (b)

Mr. Peter Lloyd

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 26 January 1989 at columns708–10.