asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage increase in pay would be necessary for a person whose net weekly spending power in work is the same as that when he is unemployed, in order to maintain that parity when welfare benefits are increased by 7 per cent.
The information requested would vary on the composition of the household. The information in the table gives three examples of hypothetical family types, whose net weekly spending power is the same as when unemployed. Assumptions are as per the November 1984 DHSS tax-benefit model tables updated to show also the November 1985 situation.
|Level of gross earnings at which net weekly spending power in work is equal to that when unemployed and receiving supplementary benefit.|
|November 1984||November 1985||Percentage change|
|Single non-householder over 21||31·40||33·45||+6·5|
|Married couple with 2 children (4 & 6)||38·79||38·26||-1·4|
In October 1985 a lower percentage national insurance contribution of 5 per cent. for those earning between £35·50 and £55 was introduced.
Centre and address
London resettlement units/re-establishment centers
|113 Cedars Road, London SW4||1||3||6||1||2||16||—||1||—||30|
West End House
|91 Dean Street, London W1||1||3||7||1||—||20||—||2·5||—||34·5|
|Pound Lane, London NW10||1||3||5||1||1||12||—||1||—||24|
|96 Gt. Guildford Street, London SE1||1||3||5||1||1||12||—||1||—||24|
|2 Birkenhead Street, London WC1||1||2||5||1||1||8||—||1||3||22|
|50 Kingsdown Close, London W10||1||4||5||1||3||12||—||2||—||28|
|12a Ennersdale Road, London SE13||1||5||7||1||4||18||1||2||—||39|
Resettlement unit administered on the department's behalf by local authority
|250 Elm Grove, Brighton||—||1||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||3|
Combined resettlement and day re-establishment centres administered by DHSS