HC Deb 13 July 1995 vol 263 cc701-2W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) loans and (b) grants had been made in each region by the social fund in the last year for which figures are available. [32829]

Mr. Roger Evans

The administration of the social fund is a matter for Mr. Ian Magee, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mr. Ian Magee to Mr. Jim Cunningham dated 12 July 1995: The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the number of Social Fund loans and grants made in each region in the last year for which figures are available. With the creation of the Benefits Agency in April 1991, offices were grouped into Districts. These were then grouped into Area Directorates within three Territorial Directorates. I have therefore provides, at Annex A, the information requested by Area Directorate for the financial year 1994–95. I hope you find this information helpful.

Annex A: Number of community care grants and loans awarded in the Benefits Agency area directorates during the financial year 1994–95
Territory and area directorate Grant awards Loan awards
Scotland and Northern
Tyne Tees 18,734 101,582
South Yorkshire and Humberside 17,542 93,609
North and West Yorkshire 11,783 82,189
Glasgow and Paisley 16,238 101,581
North, Central and West Scotland 17,974 76,117
East Scotland 10,047 66,912
Territory total 92,318 521,990
Anglia 12,802 66,188
Chilterns 11,014 70,841
South London and West Sussex 9,678 66,770
West Country 16,792 93,515
Essex and East London 13,192 73,637
South East 11,551 81,904
Wessex 10,543 73,138
Territory total 85,572 525,993
Wales and Central
East Midlands 13,078 74,587
Midlands South West 12,563 61,408
West Mercia 15,814 77,079
Wales 20,860 88,708
Merseyside 17,456 100,879
Greater Manchester 14,693 91,676
Lancashire and Cumbria 12,263 76,961
Territory total 106,727 571,298
National total 284,617 1,619,281