§ Mr. Scott
The percentage of people whose applications for a social fund loan have been refused because of inability to repay is very low—1.2 per cent. of the decisions in the year 1989–90 to date. We do not consider that it would be helpful to allow people in these circumstances to put themselves further into debt. Money advice is offered in these cases.
§ 46. Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of social fund expenditure for 1990–91 by(a) grants and (b) loans for London offices and the amount spent in the last full year for which single payments were applied.
§ Mr. McFall
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the cash limit for social fund loans and grants from his Department's offices in Scotland for 1989–90 and the amount expended by 1 January in the current year.