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Benefits And Allowances

Volume 78: debated on Monday 29 April 1985

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asked the Prime Minister if she will list all social benefits and allowances operated by central and local government showing the level of income at which payment ceases where applicable.

The table shows social security benefits paid by the central Government and housing benefits paid by local authorities.

Weekly rate at November 1984 £

Weekly level of earnings at which basic benefit is extinguished £

10. Mobility Allowance20·00
11. Child Benefit6·85
12. One Parent Benefit4·25
13. Family Income Supplement
Prescribed amount—one child family90·00
Increase for each additional child10·00Payment ceases once gross weekly earnings equal the prescribed amount
Maximum payment—one child family23·00
Increase for each additional child2·00
14. Supplementary Benefit
Supplementary pension single35·70
Long-term scale rate single35·70
non-householder 18+28·55
non-householder 16–1721·90
Ordinary rate single28·05
non-householder 18+22·45
non-householder 16–1717·30
Dependent children 18+22·45
under 119·60
Blind addition1·25
Heating additions
Higher rate5·20
Lower rate2·10
Central heating additions
Higher rate4·20
Lower rate2·10
Estate rate heating additions
Higher rate8·40
Lower rate4·20
Dietary additions
Lower rate1·55
Higher rate3·60
Kidney dialysis10·35
Notional laundry charge0·50
Extra bath0·25

Board and Lodging personal expenses

Over pension age single10·30
Long term rate single10·30
Ordinary rate single9·25
Dependants 18+9·25
under 113·10

Weekly rate at November 1984 £

Weekly level of earnings at which basic benefit is extinguished £

Meals allowance (per meal)
main meal1·55
Increase in maximum amounts
for board and lodging single16·15
Maintenance and insurance allowance1·80
15. Industrial Disablement Pension

over 18


under 18


Reduced rates—10 per cent. to 90 per cent. of basic rate

Maximum disablement gratuity (lump sum)

Unemployment supplement34·25Over £1,200 per annum

Increases for early onset of incapacity

Higher rate7·50
Middle rate4·80
Lower rate2·40

Maximum special hardship allowance


Exceptionally severe disablement allowance


Industrial Death Benefit

Initial rate50·10
Higher permanent rate36·35
Lower permanent rate10·74

Constant Attendance Allowance

Normal maximum rate23·40
Part-time rate11·70
Intermediate rate35·10
Exceptional rate46·80
16. Workmen's compensation, pneumoconiosis, byssinosis and other schemes

Maximum major incapacity


Partial disablement allowance

17. Housing Benefit
Needs allowance
single45·10Amounts of housing benefit are worked out by comparing income with the needs allowances. As the needs allowances vary according to individual circumstances there is no one level at which payment of benefit is extinguished
Couple/single parent66·50
Single handicapped50·30
Couple-one handicapped71·70
Couple both handicapped74·15
Pensioner addition0·80
Dependent child addition12·85
18. Dependency additions
For child—with IVP, RP, WB, SDA, ICA, and if claimant over pension age, with SB and UB7·6580·00Earnings by spouse (or partner). Each extra £10 extinguishes further addition for child residing with beneficiary
For spouse
with SDA and ICA12·8559·85for wife (or female partner)
12·85for husband
with MA and SB under pension age16·8016·80
with MA and SB over pension age20·5520·55
with UB under pension age17·5517·55
with UB over pension age21·5021·50

Weekly rate at November 1984 £

Weekly level of earnings at which basic benefit is extinguished £

with IVP and unemploy-ability supplement20·5567·55for wife
20·55for husband
with RP21·5068·50for wife
21·50for husband

* After retirement age (65 for women, 70 for men) earnings do not affect pension payable.

Not subject to any earnings rule.

People in full-time work (over 30 hours a week) are automatically excluded from receiving supplementary benefit whatever their level of income. In all other cases supplementary benefit is paid to those whose weekly income is less than their overall requirements. As these requirements are calculated according to the individual's circumstances, there is no one level of income at which payment of benefit is extinguished.