§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.
Year Number of directions made 1992 83,406 1993 118,528 1994 111,797 1995 111,523
1. Severe hardship payments are made only to 16 and l7-year-olds who are registered for youth training and would otherwise suffer severe hardship. Access to benefit is via a direction made by the Secretary of State, normally for a period of eight weeks. If the 16 and 17-year-old is still at risk of severe hardship when the direction ends, he or she can apply for a further direction. Information is available only on the number of directions made, not the number of individuals.
2. Since 1988, the Government have further encouraged unemployed 16 and 17-year-olds to take the more positive option of youth training in place of dependence on benefit. Young people over the age of 18 have access to unemployment benefits as adults.