Social Security Benefits:Written question - 228133

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
Asked on: 18 March 2015
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been claimed in (a) short-term benefit advances and (b) hardship payments in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 24 March 2015

The Secretary of State announced on 8 December 2014 that DWP would do more to raise the awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances and as well as more information now on Gov.UK there will be posters and leaflets in all Jobcentres by the end of March.

a) The expenditure for Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs) from April-14 to Feb-15 was £4,081,891. The monthly breakdown is shown below.

Apr-14

336,308

May-14

342,712

Jun-14

330,150

July-14

325,489

Aug-14

315,890

Sept-14

333,871

Oct-14

326,289

Nov-14

360,114

Dec-14

460,951

Jan-15

488,975

Feb-15

461,141

Total

4,081,891

b) The DWP intends to publish figures on the number of hardship applications and awards in May 2015. The date of publication will be announced shortly.

Notes

STBA expenditure includes Carer’s Allowance, ESA, IB, JSA, IS, Pension Credit, State Pension.

Source

Benefit Expenditure Business Information (BexBI).The information in BExBI is sourced from the combined payment and accounting tool, Central Payment System (CPS).

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