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One-Parent Families

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish figures showing the net weekly spending power of a single mother with two children not over 11 years of age in April 1976 and in April 1977, assuming in each case weekly earnings of £25, £30, £35, and £40.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd May 1977; Vol. 931, c. 27], gave the following information:The net weekly spending power of a single mother with two children aged 4 and 6 on the basis of the assumptions described in the notes, is as shown overleaf:

Earnings

Tax

National Insurance Contributions

Family Income Supplement

Rent Rebate

Rates Rebate

Free Welfare Milk

Free School Meals

Net Weekly Spending Power

April 1976—
£251·444·304·421·650·600·7529·91
£300·911·731·803·791·450·600·7530·38
£352·662·012·991·190·7529·89
£404·412·302·090·8830·89
April 1977 (a)—
£251·448·805·021·850·750·7533·93
£301·736·304·401·650·750–7535·32
£351·542·013·803·771·450·750·7535·17
£403·292·301·303·221·270·750·7534·90
April 1977 (b)—
£251·448·805·021·850·750·7533·93
£301·736·304·401·650·750·7535·32
£351·542·013·803·771·450·750·7535·26
£403·102·301·303·221·270·750·7535·09
(i) The figures for April 1977 reflect the proposed tax changes announced in the Budget, (a) based on a tax rate of 35 per cent. and (b) a tax rate of 33 per cent.
(ii) The following assumptions have been made:
April 1976: family allowances and child interim benefit totalling £3 in payment; rent £4·72; rates £1·90; work expenses £1·75.
April 1977: child benefit plus child benefit increase totalling £3 in payment; rent £5·60; rates £2·20; work expenses £2.
(iii) For family income supplement purposes family allowances were taken into account throughout but child interim benefit was not taken into account until July