Oral Answers to Questions — Social Fund

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) 12:00, 2 April 2001

Our drive to modernise and improve the social fund is already benefiting those in greatest need.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the budget for the discretionary social fund will be more than £620 million for the coming year. That is an increase of almost £25 million over last April's allocation and includes a rise in the community care grant budget of £3 million. That will provide more help to grant applicants, especially families with children and disabled people. It contrasts with the £90 million Tory raid on the social fund that will hit hardest the poorest and most vulnerable.