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Low-Wage Earners

Volume 828: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent measures aimed at relieving poverty for the low-wage earner have succeeded in making it more profitable to work than to live solely on social security benefits.

The family income supplement scheme which started in August makes more money available to low-income families with children where the breadwinner is in full-time work. It therefore increases the difference between income when at work and social security benefits when out of work.