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Industrial Accidents (Benefit)

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what benefit in cash terms he expects will be received by a married man with two children who suffers an industrial accident in January 1982; how this compares both in amount and as a percentage with benefit received by a person in the same circumstances in May 1979; and if he will give his answer in the same form as that used in the reply to the hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Best) on 19 November, Official Report, c. 224–6.

The three main social security benefits for which married men, with children, who suffer industrial accidents may qualify are injury benefit, child

May 1979January 1982Column 4 as percentage
Married man, two children aged four and six; wife not workingEarnings at average levelsEarnings attracting maximum ERSof column 2of column 3
(1)(2) £(3) £(4) £(5)(6)
Injury benefit (IB)29·9529·9540·75136136
Earnings·related supplement (ERS) to IB13·2916·25Abolished
IB plus ERS43·2446·2040·759488
Child benefit8·008·0010·50131131
Supplementary benefit excluding rent and ratesNo entitlementNo entitlement*3·95
Total social security benefits in cash terms†48·49†51·45*‡55·20


* Where supplementary benefit is payable.

† Would also receive help with rent and rates from local authority;

‡ Would also receive an addition to supplementary benefit for rent and rates, estimates of which are not yet available.