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 percentage of crisis loan applications resulted in an award being made 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

The available information is given in the table.

Crisis loan applications for Great Britain
Percentage of applications resulting in an initial award
1997-98 75.9
1998-99 76.2
1999-2000 72.5
2000-01 72.0
2001-02 74.6
2002-03 76.3
2003-04 75.9
2004-05 75.1
2005-06 74.5
2006-07 74.4
2007-08 68.5
April 2008 to January 2009 67.8

1. Figures do not include awards made after review.

2. Percentages are based on applications processed in each year, not on applications received in each year.


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

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