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Family Income

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 16 April 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing for April of each year since 1974 and including the current year the number of recipients of family income supplement who are also liable for income tax and the percentage of all family income supplement recipients these represent; and if he will make a similar estimate for after 24 November.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1980, c. 515–16]: Information is not collected in the form requested, but the following estimates, up to the most recent date available may be helpful:

FIS recipientsEstimated numbers above tax threshold when benefit was claimed in previous year% of recipients
April 197475,21015,00020
April 197556,37012,30022
April 197659,84027,74046
April 197783,57046,40056
April 197895,72059,47062
October 197970,16050,36072
The number of FIS recipients in April 1979 was 77,610, but the analysis by income range necessary for the calculation of numbers above the tax threshold is not available for that month.In calculating the tax threshold, assumptions had to be made about the ages of the children. In families of up to four children, they were assumed to be under 11. For families with five to eight children, it was assumed that four were under 11 and the rest 11–16. In families of nine children or more, four were assumed to be under 11, four 11–16 and the remainder over 16.