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Family Income Supplement

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish in the Official Report the number of people in regular receipt of family incomes supplement and his Department's estimate of the number of people entitled to receive such supplement; on what basis his Department's calculation is

YearAverage number of families receiving FIS during the year (thousands)Cost of FIS paymentsEstimated number of families eligible for FIS (including those receiving FIS) (thousands)Estimated value of benefit unclaimedEstimated level of take-up
Financial year£m.£m.
1971611971–724Not availableNot availableNot available
1972861972–7310About 170Not availableAbout a half
1973931973–7413About 150Not availableAbout two-thirds
1974781974–7512About 1003About three-quarters
1975601975–7612About 801About three-quarters


1. Columns ( b) and ( c): the figures for 1971 are part year only since the FIS scheme did not start until August 1971.

2. Columns ( d), ( e) and ( f):

(i) These estimates are derived from a DHSS analysis of the incomes and other information recorded by respondents in the Family Expenditure Survey (FES). They are subject to considerable uncertainty because of small sample numbers and deficiencies in the information available for determining eligibility for FIS, particularly on incomes and number of hours worked in the case of families with the head in self-employment. A fuller description of the basis of estimating entitlement to FIS is contained in an article in Statistical News No. 24 (February 1974), published by HMSO.

(ii) Estimates for 1971 based on similar analyses as for other years are not available due to the difficulty of relating data from the FES, which covers the whole year, to the period from August (when the scheme started) to December 1971.

(iii) Estimates of the value of benefit unclaimed for each of the years 1971–1973 have not been calculated previously and to do so now would involve disproportionate expense.

3. Figures for 1976 are not available.