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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL1075, tabled on 14 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 9 July (HL Deb, col 223), how many people have made use of the "system of advances", and how many have been helped by "local support frameworks" through local authorities, in the last two years for which figures are available; and whether they consider that those methods have reduced numbers resorting to food banks and loan sharks.

Answered on

24 July 2014

Statistics on how many people have made use of the "system of advances" is not currently available.

Information on how many people have been helped by "local support frameworks" is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Our Local Authority partners are supporting claimants through our local delivery partnerships, and feedback from claimant surveys suggests there is no significant difference between the proportion of UC and JSA claimants accessing funding from third party lenders.

Information on whether these methods have reduced numbers resorting to food banks and loan sharks is not collected by the Department.