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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the numbers of unemployed supplementary benefit claimants in receipt of a payment for mortgage interest according to the amount of mortgage interest payment made in bands of £5.

Estimates of average payments for mortgage interest and ground rent can be produced, but available data are not sufficiently reliable to provide a satisfactory analysis of the type requested.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average payment made for mortgage interest to (a) unemployed supplementary benefit claimants on benefit for less than six months, (b) all unemployed supplementary benefit claimants, (c) other supplementary benefit claimants and (d) all supplementary benefit claimants.

Information is not available in the precise form requested. The estimated average weekly payments of supplementary benefit for mortgage interest and ground rent in 1982, which are the latest figures available, are as follows:

Claimant GroupAverage payment for mortgage interest £
a Unemployed supplementary benefit claimants on benefit for less than six months17·09
b All unemployed supplementary benefit claimants16·92
c Other supplementary benefit claimants9·34
d All supplementary benefit claimants13·87

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry.

Number of families

Earnings of head of family £

Under 21

Age of head of family

21–45

26–50

Over 50

All

Nil102003,8803404,430
Under 5·0006073040830
5·00—9·99010062050770
10·00–14·990501,060901,200
15·00–19·990701,090501,210
20·00–24·99401501,5401301,860
25·00–29·99701503,0001103,330
30·00–34·992305004,8001905,720
35·00–39·992104504,4102005,270
40·00–44·994009308,34036010,030
45·00–49·993401,1009,42039011,250
50·00–54·995401,56010,76053013,390
55·00–59·997601,6509,74047012,620
60·00–64·996902,34011,36057014,960
65·00–69·998202,17011,54055015,080
70·00–74·999503,33013,04070018,020
75·00 or more1,93011,33068,3602,57084,190
All6,99026,140163,6907,340204,160

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average payment for (a) rates and (b) water rates for people in receipt of supplementary benefit; and if he will provide a table showing the numbers receiving payment for (i) rates and (ii) water rates according to the amount received in bands of £2 in each case.

The information is not available in the precise form requested. It is estimated that in May 1983, the latest date for which figures are available, about 2,870,000 supplementary benefit recipients received rate rebates, at an average weekly rate of about £4.30. The estimated distribution by amount of rate rebate was as follows:

Estimated number of recipients ThousandsAmount of weekly rate rebate
300under £2
1,050£2-£3·99
1,050£-4£5.99
450over £6
The latest information for water rates relates to the amount taken into account in calculating supplementary benefit and is contained in table 6.14 of the December 1982 edition of the Supplementary Benefit Annual Statistical Enquiry, a copy of which is in the Library. I regret that this table excludes certain recipients affected by the partial start of housing benefit for whom the information is not available.