Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit – 19 June 1986

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.