§ Dr. Kim Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the cause of the low rate of claims for family credit in Wales; and what statistics he has collected on this matter.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
An assessment of the reasons why people failed to claim family credit can be found in "Family Credit: The Strategic Development of the Spring 1989 Publicity Campaign: Research Summary" which has been placed in the Library by the Central Office of Information.
Separate estimates of the eligible population, or the level of take up, are not available for Wales. At the beginning of April 1989 around 17,000 families in Wales were actually receiving family credit, but this does not include those who were still awaiting a decision on a claim and eventually received payment covering that date.