§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid to victims of domestic violence in social fund grants in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The discretionary Social Fund provides help with unexpected or occasional costs which vary widely in their nature, to a wide range of client groups, including in some cases, the victims of domestic violence.
The available information is in the table.
Amounts of community care grants paid as a result of domestic violence, 1998–99 to 2001–02 Year Amount awarded (£) 1998–99 6,200,000 1999–2000 5,900,000 2000–01 5,300,000 2001–02 5,400,000
1. Reliable information is not available for 1997–98
2. The information relates only to those people who have been awarded community care grants specifically as a result of domestic violence. Community care grants may also have been awarded for other reasons to other people who have been the victims of domestic violence.
3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.
DWP Social Fund Policy Budget Management Information System.