§ Mr. Ruane
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) grants and (b) loans were (i) awarded and (ii) refused to benefit claimants in Wales in each of the last three years. 784W
§ Angela Eagle
The information is in the tables.
Social Fund Grants—Wales Year Number of awards Number of refusals 1997–98 16,500 63,200 1998–99 15,900 64,000 1999–2000 15,500 29,200
Social Fund Loans—Wales Year Number of awards Number of refusals 1997–98 98,300 44,100 1998–99 103,200 44,200 1999–2000 111,700 65,400
1. The numbers of awards made after review are not included in the table.
2. The fall in the number of Community Care Grant refusals and the increase in Budgeting Loan refusals in 1999–2000 reflects the changes in the numbers of applications following the introduction of the new Budgeting Loan scheme in April 1999.
3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.