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Means-Tested Benefits

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many means-tested benefits are reckoned on net income and how many on gross income.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 12th December 1978; Vol. 960, c. 134], gave the following information:

The following are on net income bases:

  • 1. Supplementary benefit;
  • 2. Free milk and vitamins;
  • 3. Help with National Health Service charges for dental treatment, dentures and glasses; prescriptions; wigs and fabric supports;
  • 4. Patients' hospital travelling expenses;
  • 5. Legal aid (civil);
  • 6. Legal advice and assistance;
  • 7. Legal aid (criminal);
  • 8. Accommodation under part III of the National Assistance Act 1948;
  • 9. Professional training scheme for disabled people;
  • 10. Free school meals;
  • 11. Awards for students taking certain postgraduate courses;
  • 12. Awards for students on first degree or comparable courses or initial teacher training courses and courses leading to the Diploma of Higher Education, the Higher National Diploma, or the Higher Diplomas of TEC and BEC ; and
  • 13. Awards for students at long-term adult residential colleges.
  • The following are on gross income bases:

  • 1. Family income supplement;
  • 2. Rent rebates and allowances;
  • 3. Rate rebates; and
  • 4. Remission of direct grant school tuition fees.
  • Perinatal mortality Stillbirths and deaths under one week of age

    Infant mortality

    Deaths under one year of age

    By legitimacy

    Legitimate

    Illegitimate

    Legitimate

    Illegitimate

    194828,2732,27324,8551,911
    194926,3242,04522,2051,677
    195024,8791,81119,4181,399
    195124,7151,77218,9481,275
    195224,1461,68817,4171,138
    195324,1821,62617,2511,073
    195424,6571,59116,1431,017
    195524,0101,56915,627986
    195624,7011,63315,600954
    195725,0841,70815,6841,036
    195824,7831,71915,6801,005
    195924,3021,76815,5851,044
    196024,4781,81615,9911,127
    196124,4472,04816,1681,225
    196224,0642,28816,6771,510
    196323,2492,23816,5061,536
    196422,6832,40015,7801,665
    196521,2202,35314,7461,649
    196620,l3552,33414,5011,646
    196719,0572,41613,6111,655
    196818,2662,26413,3501,632
    196916,7972,08612.6701,721
    197016,6292,04212,5741,693
    197115,6741,97512,0511,669
    197214,153179011,0901,408
    197312,7861,58810,0761,331
    197411,6141,5559,1831,276
    197510,3361,4338,2521,236
    19769,1701,3027,2301,104
    19778,4911,2666,7861,055
    Equivalent rates were given in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. Corbett) on 30th November 1978—[Vol. 959, c. 306–8].

    The schemes listed above, some of which are the responsibility of Departments other than the Department of Health and Social Security, are administered centrally or on a statutory basis by local authorities.

    A number of benefits and services are administered by local authorities on a discretionary basis. It is not, however, possible to say which of these are administered on a net or gross income basis since the method of income determination is itself a matter for the individual local authority to decide.