HC Deb 13 November 2000 vol 356 c519W
19. Mr. Tynan

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the operation of the social fund's budgeting loan scheme. [136126]

Angela Eagle

The changes we made to simplify the social fund budgeting loan scheme in April 1999 are working well. In its first year the new scheme helped more people on the lowest incomes by way of interest-free loans than ever before.