HC Deb 27 January 1997 vol 289 c105W
Mr. Tony Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what basis the figures for income support claimants and dependants were compiled which were used by the Department of the Environment for calculating revenue support grant; and what method was used to determine the local government area to which these were allocated. [12575]

Mr. Roger Evans

The figures were based on a 100 per cent. count of all income support claims registered on the income support computer system on a single day in August 1995. The local government area was determined mainly with reference to the postcode of each claimant according to the Office for National Statistics central postcode directory.