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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing, for the present time and for each of the past five years, the assessed needs level under the supplementary benefit scheme for a single woman living on her own; and if he is satisfied that this level currently provides for an adequate subsistence.

The supplementary benefit scale rates for a single householder (male or female) over the period since April 1975 are set out in the table below. These rates are intended to cover normal requirements other than housing costs, which are provided for additionally.

Scale rates introduced in:—Ordinary rate £Long term rate £
April 19759–6012–00
November 197510–9013–70
November 197612–7015–70
November 197714–5017–90
November 197815–5519–90
November 197918–3023–70
For a helpful examination of the sort of consideration that the second part of the hon. Member's question raises, I refer him to paragraphs 3.2 to 3.13 of the annual report of the Supplementary Benefits Commission for 1978 (Cmnd. 7725).