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Volume 113: debated on Friday 3 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, pursuant to the reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe, on 11 March, Official Report, column 230, he will state the value of each of the benefits listed for a single person without dependants at 1986–87 prices in 1978–79 and 1986–87; if he will indicate those benefits which have increased by 30 per cent. in real terms; and if he will make a statement.

The table shows the average rates of the relevant benefits in constant 1986–87 prices. It should be stressed that the figures in the table relate to specified basic rates of benefit rather than to the average amount received by an individual sick or disabled person. The latter amount increased by roughtly 9 per cent. in real terms over the period; the figure of 30 per cent. relates to the proportion of the total increase in expenditure due to increases in average amounts rather than increases in numbers of beneficiaries.

Average rates of benefit paid to a single person, 1978–79 and 1986–87 at 1986–87 prices
1978–79 average £1986–87 average £Percentage change 1978–79 to 1986–87
Invalidity Benefit35·3538·559
Sickness Benefit29·3029·350·2
Industrial Disablement Benefit (100% rate)57·8562·959
Attendance Allowance (Higher Rate)28·3030·859
Attendance Allowance (Lower rate)18·8520·609
Severe Disablement Allowance21·2023159
Mobility Allowance15·6021·5538
Invalid Care Allowance21·2023·159
War disablement pension (100% rate, lowest rank)57·8562·959
Christmas Bonus119·451000-49
Supplementary benefit228·9029·703
Standard housing benefit350·4547·95-5
1 The comparison is between the Christmas bonus paid in December 1978 and that paid in December 1986.
2 This comparison is between the average (1978–79 and 1986–87) ordinary scale rates for single householders used in calculating supplementary benefit entitlement both in 1986–87 prices. The structure of supplementary benefit is such that the scale rate is only an imprecise guide to the amount of benefit actually paid.
3 The comparison is between the average 1978–79 and 1986–87 needs allowance for a single person. As for supplementary benefit, such a comparison is not an accurate guide to the amount of benefit actually paid.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated cost in benefits in a full year of unemployed school leavers between the ages of 16 and 18; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide estimates of the numbers of (a) family income supplement recipients and (b) standard housing benefit recipients by earnings distribution using the following ranges of gross weekly earnings (i) below £80, (ii) £80 to £90, (iii) £90 to £100, (iv) £100 to £110, (v) £110 to £120 and (vi) above £120; and if he will indicate the average amount of benefit paid to those falling within each of these ranges.