§ Mr. Roger King
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what benefits are available to Terry Flowers of Coventry aged 17 years, who is registered for YTS but unable to obtain a placing and whose bridging allowance has expired; and if he will entertain a claim from Mr. Flowers for payment of benefit on the grounds of hardship.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Claims for income support under the severe hardship provision will be entertained from any 16 or 17-year-old. However, we can consider making payments only to young people who are actively pursuing a YTS place.