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Benefits

Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in respect of (a) the disabled housewife's allowance, (b) the invalid care allowance and (c) the non-contributory invalidity pension, respectively, what is her current estimate of the gross cost of the benefit, what is her current estimate of the net cost of the benefit, what is her current estimate of the total number of beneficiaries, and, where appropriate, what is her current estimate of the number of beneficiaries who will remain dependent on supplementary benefits in spite of receipt of the benefit; and whether she is able to make

Name of benefitEstimated full-year costs at present benefit levels (£million)Estimated number of beneficiariesEstimated number of beneficiaries who will continue to receive supplementary benefit
GrossNet
Non-contributory invalidity pension (for men and single women)7010220,000125,000
Invalid care allowance61**
Non-contributory invalidity pension (for married women "housewives")161540,000Not applicable
* No firm information is available. As explained in paragraph 61 of "Social Security Provision for Chronically Sick and Disabled People" (House of Commons Paper No. 276 of 1974), a figure of 11,500 beneficiaries has been used for costing purposes.