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Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what are the differences in family benefits available to widows with children as compared with single, divorced or separated parents; and what is the actual difference in cash received by a widow and single, divorced or separated parent, each with three children and wholly dependent on family benefits;(2) what means-tested benefits in cash and kind are available to families on social security benefits but not to widows in receipt of the widowed mothers' allowance.