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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Single Payments (Edinburgh)

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Single Payments (Edinburgh) on 9th December 1985.


Mr. Home Robertson Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average time between the receipt of a request for a single payment and the payment of such a claim in Great Britain, in Scotland and in the East Edinburgh office of his Department respectively.

Mr. Major Claims for single payments are determined as soon as possible after -all the information required has been collected. A limited sample of recent cases at Edinburgh (East) local office suggests that, on average, claims for single payments are currently being determined 18 days after their receipt. (When a claim is successful the payment is normally made on the day it is determined or the following day). Similar figures for Great Britain and Scotland are not available.