Community Care Grants

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what budget his Department allocated for community care grants in 2007-08;

(2) what the maximum sum awarded to (a) an individual and (b) a family was under the community care grant in 2007-08;

(3) how many individuals received community care grants (a) once and (b) more than once in 2007-08;

(4) how many asylum seekers have received community care grants in each of the last five years.

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

The Department allocated a budget of £141 million for community care grants for Great Britain in 2007-08. There was also a contingency reserve of £1 million, which was available to cover unforeseen spending, for example, on flooding.

The remaining information requested is not available.

However, the maximum community care grant awarded in 2007-08 for all successful applicants (as opposed to individuals and families separately) was £5,081.46. The number of successful applicants (as opposed to individuals) who received community care grants in 2007-08 (a) once was 229,100 and (b) more than once was 23,900 (both figures rounded to the nearest 100).


Analysis of a scan of Community Care Grant final decisions taken in 2007-08 and held on the Social Fund Computer System on 31 July 2008. A final decision is either an initial decision or a review decision. An application is successful if an award is made initially and/or on review. Successful applications on which initial decisions were made before 2007-08, but which were reviewed in 2007-08 are included. Successful applications on which initial decisions were made in 2007-08 but which were reviewed after the year ended are not included.

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