HC Deb 20 March 1997 vol 292 c916W
Mr. Simon Coombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what gross budget will be set for the discretionary social fund in 1997–98. [21652]

Mr. Roger Evans

The social fund gross discretionary budget for 1997–98 will be £467.5 million. Some £97 million will be allocated to community care grants, £370 million to loans and the remaining £0.5 million will be set aside as a contingency reserve. The new allocations represents an increase of £27 million over the total gross budget for 1996–97.

Details of individual district budgets allocations are in the Library.