asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the future of Acton Hospital.
|EXPENDITURE (£ MILLION)|
|Widowed mother's allowance||…||…||…||74||155||151†|
|Child special allowance||…||…||…||0·14||0·4||0·4|
|Child benefit (increase)||…||…||…||—||18||26|
|* Assuming no increases in these benefits in 1979–80.|
|† After adjustment for the increases in child benefit already announced for April 1979.|
One-parent families have, however, shared in the improvements which the Government have made in a much wider range of benefits, including increases in the rates of benefit and other provisions. In particular, several changes favourable to one-parent families have been made in the supplementary benefits scheme, which caters for a substantial number of such families. A full statement of the Government's measures to help one-parent families is contained in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn and Hatfield (Mrs. Hayman) on 3rd August.—[Vol. 955, c.