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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1982

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27.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present number of people drawing supplementary benefit.

I refer the right hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Members for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) and Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) earlier today.

28.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what calculation his Department has made of the additional amount of supplementary benefit that will be payable as a result of discontinuing earnings related supplement to unemployment pay.

It is estimated that additional expenditure on supplementary benefit resulting from the abolition of earnings-related supplement to unemployment benefit will be of the order of £120 million in 1982–83.