HC Deb 28 March 1996 vol 274 c717W
Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what progress he has made in establishing the funding formula for local authorities in respect of the costs that they face in connection with provision for asylum seekers. [19614]

Mr. Roger Evans

Meetings have taken place between local authority associations, the Department of the Environment and the Department of Health. It was decided that grants should be paid covering 80 per cent. of unavoidable additional expenditure, above a certain threshold, incurred by social services departments under the Children Act 1989, and 80 per cent. of the housing benefit subsidy forgone, above a certain threshold, by housing authorities who incur costs in respect of certain asylum seekers and other persons from abroad housed under the homelessness legislation. The precise details of

The number of people leaving contracted-out occupational pension schemes, by year of scheme membership termination and subsequent scheme.
Subsequent scheme 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93
Appropriate Personal Pension 101 31 74 43 27 13
SERPS 309 332 329 264 246 n/a
Appropriate Personal Pension 51 14 40 24 15 10
SERPS 219 236 236 176 168 n/a


1. Figures relate to the United Kingdom.

2. Figures show changes in active membership. They do not show whether past rights have been transferred or not.

3. SERPS figures include people who moved to a contribution position where non-contracted-out contributions have been paid either exclusively or in conjunction with class 2 or class 3 contributions or credits.

4. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

5. Includes people who have changed employment and pension scheme, and those who have remained in the same employment and changed pension scheme.

6. Moves from appropriate personal pensions and SERPS to occupational pension schemes are not reflected in the above figures.

7. Movements to SERPS are defined as those where the person moves into SERPS after termination of occupational scheme membership and remains only in SERPS in the following tax year. Therefore, to establish whether a 1992–93 termination resulted in a move to SERPS, it is necessary to know the person's status in 1993–94 and this information is not yet available.


1 per cent. sample of national insurance records taken in February 1994.