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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present supplementary benefit rate for a married man, his wife, a single woman living independently and a single woman living with her parents, aged 18 or more and under 18 years.

A married couple are treated jointly and their weekly supplementary benefit requirements—excluding rent which is provided for separately—are set at £29·70—£37·65 if the long-term scale applies. The corresponding requirements of the other persons would be £18·30 (£23·70), £14·65 (£18·95) and £11·25 respectively. There is no long-term scale rate for those under 18 years of age.Leaflets SB1, SB8 and SB9, which I am sending the hon. Member, set out the scale rates and their application more fully.