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Family Income Supplement

Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 30 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to amend the law relating to qualification for family income supplement so that in the case of a couple living together as man and wife it would no longer be required that the man has to satisfy the condition of remunerative full-time work of at least 30 hours a week; and if he will make a statement.

My hon. Friend will be glad to know that an amendment to section 1(1) of the Family Income Supplements Act 1970 is already on the statute book to pave the way for the introduction of equal treatment of men and women. The Government's intention is to bring the amendment, which is contained in section 7(1) of the Social Security Act 1980, into operation in November 1983.