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Housing Benefit

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in his press release of 16 December 1982, entitled "Housing Benefit" (No. 82/883), in each of the paragraphs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7, how many of those claimants mentioned are heads of (a) one-parent families and (b) two-parent families;(2) under the unified housing benefit scheme starting in April 1983, what is his latest estimate of the number of

(a) one-parent families, and (b) two-parent families who will be (i) better off, (ii) worse off and (iii) neither better nor worse off than under previous rebate and allowance schemes; and in (i) and (ii) if he will give an indication of the numbers in bands of 10p or as near as possible.

The information requested is being assembled. I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.