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 Group||Average payment for mortgage interest £|
|a Unemployed supplementary benefit claimants on benefit for less than six months||17·09|
|b All unemployed supplementary benefit claimants||16·92|
|c Other supplementary benefit claimants||9·34|
|d All supplementary benefit claimants||13·87|
Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry.
Number of families
Earnings of head of family £
Age of head of family
|75·00 or more||1,930||11,330||68,360||2,570||84,190|
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 Thousands||Amount of weekly rate rebate|