HC Deb 12 May 1992 vol 207 c94W
Mr. Simpson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds(a) have entitlement to income support and (b) had an equivalent entitlement in 1983; and what these figures are or were as a percentage of all 16 to 18-year-olds.

Mr. Burt

Information is not available in the form requested. Entitlement to income support needs to be considered in the light of the Government's increased expenditure on youth training and provision of a greater number of training places. Young people on youth training have underlying entitlement to income support which is not paid in the overwhelming majority of cases because the training allowance is paid at a higher rate. The number of 16 and 17-year-olds on income support and youth training allowances in 1990, the latest year for which information is available, was 365,000, or 25–1 per cent. as opposed to 409,000, or 22.6 per cent. in 1983.

Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing, by districts, how many and what percentage of income support claimants with mortgage liabilities were in arrears with their mortgage payments, in total and by ranges of amounts of arrears and numbers of monthly instalments unpaid, at the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. Burt

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.