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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit on 19th June 1986.


Mr. Clay Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were in receipt of supplementary benefit in (a) Cleveland and (b) Langbaurgh parliamentary constituency for each year since 1979.

Mr. Major The county of Cleveland is covered by five of the Department's local offices - Eston, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton. The boundaries of these offices are conterminous with the boundary of Cleveland. Two of these offices, Eston and Redcar, deal with the parliamentary constituency of Langbaurgh and the boundaries are conterminous.

Figures of people receiving supplementary benefit from the five offices covering the county of Cleveland in May 1986, and at comparable dates for the previous seven years, are as follows:


Year | Number

1979 | 39,637

1980 | 41,690

1981 | 49,623

1982 | 59,850

1983 | 65,286

1984 | 72,212

1985 | 77,657

1986 | 78,241


Figures of people receiving supplementary benefit at the two offices covering the parliamentary constituency of Langbaurgh for the same dates are as follows:


Year | Number

1979 | 9,403

1980 | 9,584

1981 | 11,459

1982 | 13,759

1983 | 15,771

1984 | 17,493

1985 | 18,926

1986 | 18,603

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action in each local office.