To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the number of claimants of support for mortgage interest in each region of England and Wales in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 cases and may not sum due to rounding.
DWP does not hold a single source of data on SMI claims to analyse. Analysis of regional SMI caseloads are based on DWP’s Quarterly Statistical Extract (QSE) data. QSE is a quarterly 5 per cent sample of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS) and Pension Credit (PC) claimants. Quality assured data at regional level is not available for ESA or UC claimants receiving SMI. In the absence of data the regional breakdown of ESA claimants has been assumed to be the same as the JSA, IS and PC caseload. Less than 1% of SMI claimants are estimated to claim UC in 2017/18.