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Low-Income Group

Volume 932: debated on Friday 20 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table similar to Table 5. 31 of Social Trends No. 7, comparing the numbers of families and of persons with low net resources in 1960, 1970, 1974 and 1975.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd May 1977; Vol. 931, c. 27], gave the following information:Estimates of the numbers of families and persons normally with low net resources are not available for 1960 and 1970. Figures for 1974 were given in the publication referred to by the hon. Member. Figures for 1975 are given below:scale rate. Figures in this table take account of a further analysis of the FES data where the head of a household was self-employed and include revised estimates of a few figures published in earlier Parliamentary answers.

2. This analysis of the FES treats respondents according to their normal income and employment situation within the three months preceding the interview; these figures exclude persons who have received supplementary benefit for less than three months in order that the information should be consistent with that obtained from the FES.

3. Rounded to the nearest 10,000.

4. Subject to considerable sampling error.

5. Rounded to the nearest whole percentage.