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One-Parent Families

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will update in line with benefit changes due to take effect next November the reply given to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North on 4 December 1978, Official Report, column 494, showing the net weekly spending power of a lone mother at different levels of earnings, and when unemployed, on long-term as well as on ordinary supplementary benefit rates, on the assumption that when working she is contracted in to the State pension scheme, and has work expenses, including child-minding costs of £12 a week;(2) if he will bring up to date in line with benefit changes due to take effect next November the reply given to the hon.

Member for Norfolk, North,

Official Report, 4 December 1978, column 494, on the previous assumptions but assuming that work expenses for a lone parent are now £12 a week.

The following tables provide the information requested, table

TABLE 1
NET WEEKLY SPENDING POWER (£) OF A SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO CHILDREN AGED 4 AND 6; RECEIVING SUPPLEMENTARY ALLOWANCE (SHORT TERM) AND EARNING £6 A WEEK
Supplementary allowanceChild benefitNet earningsRent rebateRates rebateFree school mealsFree welfare milkNet weekly spending power
29·5010·506·006·502·801·501·0539·25
TABLE 2
NET WEEKLY SPENDING POWER (£) OF A SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO CHILDREN AGED 4 AND 6; RECEIVING SUPPLEMENTARY ALLOWANCE (LONG TERM) AND EARNING £6 A WEEK
Supplementary allowanceChild benefitNet earningsRent rebateRates rebateFree school mealsFree welfare milkNet weekly spending power
34·9010·506·006·502·801·501·0544·65
TABLE 3
NET WEEKLY SPENDING POWER (£) OF A SINGLE MOTHER WORKING FULL TIME WITH £12 WORK EXPENSES
Gross earningsTaxNational insurance contributionChild benefitFamily income supplementRent rebate
25·351·6510·5014·506·50
32·252·1010·5014·206·15
35·000·022·2810·5012·805·81
40·001·272·6010·5010·305·19
50·003·813·2510·505·303·94
60·006·813·9010·500·303·08
70·009·814·5510·501·43
77·0011·915·0010·500·24
82·0013·415·3310·50
95·0017·316·1810·50
96·0017·616·2410·50
Gross earningsRates rebateWork expensesFree school mealsFree welfare milkNet weekly spending power
25·352·8012·001·501·0539·25
32·252·4012·001·501·0544·65
35·002·2912·001·501·0545·25
40·002·0912·001·501·0545·46
50·001·6912·001·501·0545·62
60·001·3912·001·501·0545·81
70·000·8112·001·5048·58
77·000·3912·001·5051·42
82·000·0912·001·5054·05
95·0012·001·5062·21
96·0012·0061·35