HC Deb 06 July 1993 vol 228 cc123-4W
Mrs. Wise

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of single women aged 18 to 24 years in receipt of income support are also in receipt of housing benefit.

Mr. Burt

The latest available figures are those for 1991. At that time approximately 48 per cent. of women aged 18 to 24 in receipt of income support were also receiving housing benefit.


1. Income support statistics annual inquiry May 1991.

2. Housing benefit and community charge benefit management information system May 1991.

3. Percentages rounded to nearest whole figure.

Mr. Simpson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many 16-year-olds on youth training schemes receive an income support top-up of £5.30 in addition to their training allowance; and how much are the administrative costs of each income support claim.

Mr. Burt

The requested information is not available as top-up payments are not separately identifiable from other income support payments. The cost of administering claims for income support is an average of £6.44 per claim. This cost is not constrained to a single week of benefit payment.

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