Social Fund

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

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of the Social Fund for crisis loans was in each of the last 12 years.

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

holding answer 5 March 2009

There is no separate budget for crisis loans, but rather a combined loans budget for both crisis loans and budgeting loans. The following table gives the final gross loans budget and crisis loan gross expenditure for each of the last 12 years.

Social fund loans in Great Britain
£ million
Final gross loans budget Crisis loan gross expenditure
1997-98 397.5 54.3
1998-99 404.9 58.9
1999-2000 457.9 61.5
2000-01 524.6 65.3
2001-02 547.7 74.9
2002-03 548.9 84.6
2003-04 578.0 85.1
2004-05 585.0 81.9
2005-06 609.0 86.4
2006-07 700.0 97.9
2007-08 642.0 121.2
2008-09 624.0 (1)132.6
(1) To 31 January.


Annual reports by the Secretary of State for Social Security/Work and Pensions on the Social Fund (with greater accuracy for Crisis Loan expenditure than in the annual reports for the first three years obtained from the DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System).

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