§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims have been made for severe hardship in Wales in each year from 1989–90; and if he will indicate(a) total requests, (b) claims accepted, (c) claims refused and (d) the percentage of successful claims.
§ Mr. Burt
Such information as is available is in the table. Information prior to January 1991 is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Year Awarded Refused Total Percentage successful 1991 1,876 433 2,309 81 1992 3,696 813 4,509 82 11993 2,641 506 3,147 84 1 January-June.
Source: Severe hardship claims unit database.