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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 21: debated on Monday 29 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the number of families, other than pensioner families, who are in receipt of supplementary benefit in England and Wales.

Following is the information at December 1980, the latest available date:

thousands
Married couples without children90
Married couples with children215
One-parent families298

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry 1980.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will withdraw letters to supplementary benefit recipients which ask them why they do not have employment.

I assume that the letters to which the hon. Member refers are those sent by unemployment review officers to people who have been unemployed for several months, inviting them to attend for interview. The purpose of such interviews is to find out whether people have any special problems and if so whether anything can be done to help them. I do not, therefore, intend to withdraw these letters.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he estimates that his Department will make supplementary benefit savings as a result of the proposed alteration in the Inland Revenue's method of allowing tax relief on mortgage interest.

The supplementary benefit requirements of an owner occupier include an amount for mortgage interest. To the extent that this is reduced there will be a saving in supplementary benefit expenditure.

Value of Prescription Charge
Prescription chargeYearNominal valueValue in 1980 prices (pence)
Nil1947–51
1 June 1952·5p per form19522·9219·58
19535·0032·53
19545·0031·94
19555·0030·56
1 December 1956 5p per item19565·0029·12
19575·0028·08
19585·0027·27
19595·0027·11
19605·0026·84
1 March 1961 10p per item19619·1647·53
196210·0049·80
196310·0048·81
196410·0047·26
1 February 1965 Charges abolished19650·833·74
1966–67No charges
Charges re-introduced 10 June 1968·12·5p per item19686·9528·12
196912·5047·96
197012·5045·09