§ Mrs. Anne Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people were in receipt of a social fund grant or loan(a) in the year the social fund was introduced and (b) currently. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
In 1988–89, the first full year of the discretionary social fund, 153,000 non-repayable community care grants and 884,000 repayable loans were awarded.
In 1995–96, 275,000 non-repayable community care grants and 1,753,000 repayable loans were awarded.
Records held are based on the number of loans and grants awarded not the number of individuals to whom the awards were made. Some people may have been awarded more than one payment during the year.