The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload fell to 220,775 in October, down 0.1% on September, the Social Welfare Department announced today.


The total number of recipients stood at 311,983.


Low-earnings cases dropped 1.8% to 3,091 when compared with September.


Old age cases decreased 0.4% to 136,996 and single parent cases slipped 0.3% to 23,868.


Unemployment cases rose 1.5% to 12,282.


Ill-health cases edged up 0.6% to 23,650 and permanent disability cases increased slightly 0.3% to 16,805.