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Family Income Supplement

Volume 886: debated on Monday 10 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the administrative costs for the family income supplement scheme for each year since the scheme was introduced.

The information is as follows:

1971–721972–731973–74
£460,000£640,000£720,000

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the number eligible for, and the number claiming, the family income supplement for each year since the scheme was introduced; and if she will distinguish between one- and two-parent families.

The number of families receiving family income supplement were as follows:

Two-parent familiesOne-parent families
End of 197147,00024,000
End of 197248,00034,000
End of 197350,00045,000
End of 1974*33,00039,000
* Provisional figure for November 1974, the latest available.
Estimates of the number of families who are entitled to family income supplement are based on very small samples. It is estimated that in 1972 the number receiving the supplement represented about half the number eligible; the evidence suggests that in 1973 the number receiving the supplement represented more than half of the number eligible. The evidence does not enable us to make separate estimates for one- and two-parent families. No estimates are available at present for 1974 and no estimate can be made for the first few months of the scheme in 1971.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the number of children covered by the family income supplement scheme for each year since the scheme was introduced, distinguishing between the number of children whose parents are claiming, and not claiming, respectively; and if she will further divide this information into one- and two-parent families.

Estimates of the numbers of children in families receiving family income supplement are as follows:

Two-parent familiesOne-parent families
End of 1971139,00037,000
End of 1972133,00050,000
End of 1973150,00071,000
End of 1974*104,00064,000
* Provisional figures for November 1974, the latest available.
Estimates of the number of families, and the number of children in those families, who are entitled to family income supplement are based on very small samples. It is estimated that in 1972 about half the families entitled to the supplement were receiving the benefit. The evidence suggests that in 1973 more than half the families were receiving the benefit. The evidence does not enable us to separate estimates for one- and two-parent families. No estimates are available at the present for 1974 and no estimate can be made for the first months of the scheme in 1971.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what amounts have been spent on advertising the family income supplement scheme for each year since the scheme's introduction.

The expenditure on advertising family income supplement was:

Thousands
Type of Family
All FamiliesTwo-Parent FamiliesOne-Parent Families Headed by a ManOne-Parent Families Headed by a Woman
Awards current at
Total Income of Family at Date of ClaimOctober 1973April 1974October 1973April 1974October 1973April 1974October 1973April 1974
All Ranges of Income101765537114539
Under £9·002111
£9·00–£9·9911
£10·00–£10·992111
£11·00–£11·992111
£12·00–£12·9932121
£13·00–£13·9942132
£14·00–£14·9953142
£15·00–£15·99642153
£16·00–£16·99753154
£17·00–£17·99953154
£18·00–£18·991065255
£19·00–£19·991075244
£20·00–£20·99986434
£21·00–£21·99755322
£22·00–£22·99655412
£23·00–£23·99554411
£24·00–£24·9943331
£25·00–£25·9933331
£26·00–£26·992222
£27·00–£27·992222
£28·00–£28·991211
£29·00–£29·991111
£30·00 and over2322

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list in the Official Report the awards current at the end of December 1973 and 1974 for the

£
1971310,000
1972325,000
1973161,000
1974124,000

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list in the Official Report the awards under the family income supplement scheme analysed by type of family and total income of family for 1973 and 1974, as set out in table 32.36 of Social Trends, 1973.

Information relating to October 1973 and April 1974, the latest date for which information is available, is as follows:family income supplement scheme, as set out in table 32.30 in Social Trends, 1973.

Information for December 1974 is not yet available. The following table relates to December 1973:

Amount of family income supplement in payment (£)
All amountsUnder 1·001·00–1·902·00–2·903·00–3·904·00–4·905·00–5·906·00 (maximum)Average amount
Thousands£
All types of family:
All families951225231610712·55
With 1 child384109743N.A.2·61
With 2 children23476322N.A.2·35
With 3 children1524421112·48
With 4 children10222212·45
With 5 children511112·75
With 6 or more411113·28
Two-parent families:
All families508151384212·31
With 1 child1023211N.A.2·19
With 2 children12243111N.A.2·65
With 3 children11233212·24
With 4 children8122112·34
With 5 children51112·66
With 6 or more411113·22
One-parent families headed by a man:
All families12·36
With 1 childN.A.2·33
With 2 childrenN.A.2·11
With 3 or more2·67
One-parent families headed by a woman:
All families4349109652·88
With 1 child28367633N.A.2·77
With 2 children10122211N.A.2·76
With 3 or more6111113·24

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will set out the awards and rejections for the family income supplement scheme for 1973 and

19731974
Total167,966148,021
Number of awards:
New and repeat52,64536,329
Renewal41,57636,020
Number of rejections:
New and repeat57,74151,180
Reason for rejection:
Residence14
Not in full-time work14,16210,852
Not normally in full-time work5351,026
No reckonable children1,6011,276
Excess income31,37330,854
Failure to provide information10,0567,172
Renewal14,00022,607
Reason for rejection:
Residence41
Not in full-time work3,0223,869
Not normally in full-time work63216
No reckonable children350454
Excess income9,26316,432
Failure to provide information1,2981,635
Claims withdrawn2,0041,885

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what have been the amounts paid out under the family income supplement scheme for each year since the scheme was introduced; and if she will subdivide this sum between one- and two-parent families for each year since the scheme was introduced.

It is estimated that the amounts paid out for each calendar year since the start of the scheme are as follows:

£ millions
YearAllTwo-parent familiesOne-parent families
19712·31·31·0
19729·25·14·1
197312·06·06·0
197412·25·46·8

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the number of staff required to establish and to administer

1974, as listed in table 32.5 in Social Trends, 1973.

Following is the information:the family income supplement scheme for each year since the scheme was introduced.

During the initial take-on period in 1971 approximately 200 staff were employed in the family income supplement branch at Blackpool central office augmented by the use of casual staff in local offices. The work is now entirely centralised at Blackpool. The total number of staff employed in subsequent years is approximately as follows:

1972140
1973135
1974130

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list in the Official Report the prescribed income levels for the family income supplement for a one-child, two-child, four-child and six-child family, for each year since the scheme was introduced; and if she will also present this information as a percentage of average earnings.

The following are the details:

One ChildTwo ChildrenFour ChildrenSix Children
DateIncome LevelsPercentage of Average EarningsIncome LevelsPercentage of Average EarningsIncome LevelsPercentage of Average EarningsIncome LevelsPercentage of Average Earnings
££££
August 197118·005920·006524·007828·0091
April 197220·006122·006726·007930·0091
April 197321·005623·506328·507632·5086
October 197321·505324·005929·007134·0083
July 197425·005328·006034·007240·0085
Note: Average earnings are the estimated average earnings of male adult full time manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries as determined by the Department of Employment's regular October inquiry. Figures for months other than October have been estimated by using the monthly index of average earnings as published in the Department of Employment Gazette.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what have been the prescribed income levels for the family income supplement for one-child, two-child and four-child families, respectively,

One ChildTwo ChildrenFour Children
DatePrescribed income levelTax thresholdPrescribed income levelTax thresholdPrescribed income levelTax threshold
££££££
August 197118·0015·3320·0018·1224·0024·33
April 197220·0018·6722·0021·4626·0027·67
April 197321·0018·7523·5021·4428·5027·50
October 197321·5018·7524·0021·4429·0027·50
July 197425·0021·2528·0024·8734·0032·77
Note: Tax thresholds relate to two-parent families with children in the following age bands:—
One child: under 11.
Two children: both under 11.
Four children: two under 11, two 11–15.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons are claiming the family income supplement of, respectively: 10p to 99p, £1 to £1·99, £2 to £2·99, £3 to £3·99, £4 to £4·99, £5 to £5·99and £6 to £7; and in each case what is the total number of persons claiming and estimated to be eligible, respectively.

The following table relates to the number of families receiving family income supplement split into the various ranges of amounts. It is based on provisional figures for November 1974, the latest date for which information is available. An estimate of the number of families eligible for FIS during 1974 cannot be made until data from the 1974 Family Expenditure Survey is available:

Number receiving
Weekly assessmentFIS
Less than £15,000
£1·00—£1·998,000
£2·00—£2·9915,000
£3·00—£3·9916,000
£4·00—£4·9912,000
£5·00—£5·9912,000
£6·00—£7·004,000
TOTAL RECIPIENTS72,000

together with the tax thresholds for these families, for each year since the scheme was introduced.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the average size of payments for family income supplement for each year since the scheme's inception; and if she will also express these payments as percentages of average earnings for each of the years under consideration.

The figures are:

Calendar yearAverage FIS paymentAs per cent. of average earnings*
1971£1·735·6
1972£2·056·0
1973£2·476·3
1974 (11 months)†£2·936·4
* Average earnings are the estimated average earnings of male adult-full-time manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries as determined by the Department of Employment's regular October inquiry. Figures for months other than October have been estimated by using the monthly index of average earnings as published in the Department of Employment Gazette
† Information for full year not yet available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list in the Official Report the number of appeals to tribunals on disputed decisions on the family income supplement scheme for each year since its inception; and if she will set out the results of the appeals.

1971197219731974
Appeals heard1,4952,4761,5151,636
Decision confirmed1,4652,3091,4191,547
Decision reversed301679689