§ Mr. Jon Owen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what mechanisms there are for providing temporary financial support to those engaged in the social security appeals procedure over their entitlement to income support.
§ Mr. Burt
Where it is thought a person is, or may be entitled to benefit, payments on account of that benefit may be made until the appeal has been decided. Possible hardship to the claimant would be considered where my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is considering suspension of an appeal tribunal award whilst an appeal to the commissioner is awaiting hearing. Social fund crisis loans may also be available.