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Family Income Supplement

Volume 78: debated on Friday 10 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of the families receiving family income supplement in October 1984 were self-employed.

Of 204,000 families receiving family income supplement at the end of October 1984, 27,000 were self-employed.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to whom a family income supplement order book is made payable in a two-parent family.

Family income supplement is receivable by either the man or the woman in a two-parent family and the order book is generally made payable to the woman, with the man shown as alternative payee.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the number of one-parent and two-parent families with one, two, three, four and five or more children, respectively, in receipt of the maximum family income supplement, showing the average family income supplement payment for each group at the latest date for which informal ion is available.

The following is the position at the end of February 1985.

Average payment £Numbers on maximum
One-parent family
With 1 child11·705,000
2 children14·004,000
3 children16·201,000
4 children19·00*
5 or more20·70*
Total13·0011,000
Two-parent family
With 1 child9·703,000
2 children10·706,000
3 children11·603,000
4 children13·602,000
5 or more16·801,000
Total11·3015,000
* Less than 500, rounded to nearest 1,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the number of one- and two-parent families receiving less than £5, £5 to £10, £10 to £15, £15 to £20, £20 to £25, £25 to £30, £30 or over in family income supplement at the latest date for which information is available.

The following is the position at the end of February 1985. It is regretted that a breakdown over £25 is not available.

Amount of awardNumber of one-parent familiesNumber of two-parent families
Less than £514,00033,000
£5-£1017,00029,000
£10-£1517,00020,000
£15-£2014,00013,000
£20-£2515,00014,000
Over £254,00010,000
Total81,000*118,000
* Because of rounding.