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.
The information requested is in the table:
Number of decisions made under the "Living Together" Rules which resulted in the disallowance or withdrawal of Social Security Benefits
|I. Contributory Benefits Widows Benefits||1,449||1,361||1,309||1,472||1,283||6,874|
|Industrial Death Benefit/Non-contributory Invalidity Pension||119||126||127||182||150||704|
|War Widows Pension||21||14||20||16||12||83|
|Child's special allowance||Information not available|
|II. Supplementary Benefit—Benefit disallowed at time of claim|
Benefit withdrawnn when in payment
|I and II Grand Total||17,942||19,305||19,308||18,851||17,792||93,198|
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.