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.
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