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Benefit Claimants

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of Stale for Social Services what is his estimate of the proportion of claimants of (a) unemployment benefit and (b) invality benefit who (i) are already eligible for supplementary benefit and (ii) will be eligible after November 1980.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1980, Vol. 982, c. 332]: The latest estimates of the proportion of recipients who are actually receiving supplementary benefit is 19 per cent. for unemployment benefit (May 1979) and 7 per cent. for invalidity benefit (November 1978). In addition, there would have been a number of beneficiaries eligible for but not claiming supplementary benefit.It is estimated that the proportion for unemployment beneficiaries will increase by about 2 percentage points as the result of the limited uprating in November and the subsequent change in ERS, and by a further 8 percentage points with the abolition of ERS. The proportion of invalidity beneficiaries receiving supplementary benefit is expected to increase by about 1 percentage point as the result of the limited uprating.