Crisis Loans

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th February 2009.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) applied for and (b) received a crisis loan in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by the smallest administrative area for which figures are available.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is provided in the following tables:

Crisis loan applications received in England and Wales by region and year
Region 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
East of England 89,930 97,440 118,400 167,620
East Midlands 47,060 41,300 59,290 104,370
London 150,080 148,840 171,620 183,790
North East 67,960 72,140 87,770 157,910
North West 205,750 203,960 217,670 331,960
South East 149,670 149,330 126,800 238,940
South West 69,790 70,350 83,210 97,470
Wales 67,160 73,670 72,730 124,140
West Midlands 82,110 73,910 76,160 140,110
Yorkshire and Humberside 101,510 109,150 114,180 159,310
Crisis loan initial awards made i n England and Wales by region and year
Region 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
East of England 70,540 74,390 92,850 111,650
East Midlands 40,640 34,720 47,240 67,850
London 109,910 109,260 128,190 135,280
North East 52,410 53,950 65,280 110,010
North West 155,770 157,140 170,030 240,780
South East 123,480 122,500 104,320 177,740
South West 54,130 56,830 62,120 67,100
Wales 48,960 54,500 51,160 79,730
West Midlands 60,970 52,780 50,200 76,000
Yorkshire and Humberside 74,290 76,320 80,700 98,630
Notes:

1. Regions are Government office regions. Data by region are available only from April 2004. Applications and awards are recorded in the region where they are administered. Until January 2005, a small area of the East of England region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the London region. Until March 2005, a small area of the East Midlands region was administered for social fund purposes from a district within the North West region.

2. In recent years there have been many changes to the boundaries of Jobcentre Plus districts. In some cases, a district has been split and the parts merged with other districts. For the districts involved in such a situation it is not possible to give comparable data for the last five years. The smallest administrative area for which comparable data is available (for the last four rather than five years) is region.

3. Figures are for applications received, not for the number of people who made an application, and for awards made, not the number of people who received an award. (Some people made more than one application or received more than one award.)

4. Figures are for initial awards only. Awards made after review are not included.

5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.

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