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Benefits (Cohabiting)

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of (a) men and (b) women who have had their social security benefits stopped in the last five years on the grounds that they were cohabiting.

Number of decisions made under the "Living Together" Rules which resulted in the disallowance or withdrawal of Social Security Benefits

19801981198219831984Total
I. Contributory Benefits Widows Benefits1,4491,3611,3091,4721,2836,874
Industrial Death Benefit/Non-contributory Invalidity Pension119126127182150704
One-parent Benefit3,0454,3114,8744,4183,85120,499
War Widows Pension211420161283
Child's special allowanceInformation not available
Total4,6345,8126,3306,0885,29628,160
II. Supplementary Benefit—Benefit disallowed at time of claim
6,0216,5096,4646,4646,25731,715

Benefit withdrawnn when in payment

7,2876,9846,5146,2996,23933,323
Total13,30813,49312,97812,76312,49665,038
I and II Grand Total17,94219,30519,30818,85117,79293,198

Notes:
  • 1. Separate figures for men and women are not available.
  • 2. Figures for contributory benefits include data for both disallowance and withdrawal cases.
  • 3. Figures for contributory benefits are at 31 December each year. Figures for supplementary benefit are at 30 November.
  • 4. Figures include cases where two or more decisions were made in respect of the same person in any one year.