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Benefits

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average amount per household paid in supplementary benefit in the area covered by the Burnley benefit office in January and equivalent dates since 1979.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many recipients of supplementary benefit there were in (a) Burnley and (b) Pendle constituencies in each year, respectively, from 1979 to 1986; and in each case how many were single-parent families.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 26 February 1987 at columns 395–96. I regret that separate figures for single-parent families are not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in (a) Burnley and (b) Pendle constituencies in 1986 were in receipt of supplementary benefit; and what percentage were (i) pensioners and (ii) families with children.

Information is not available in precisely the form requested. The constituencies of Burnley and Penclle are covered by the Department's local office at Burnley. The table shows the number of people receiving supplementary benefit from that office on 12 February 1986. Separate figures for the Burnley and Penclle constituencies cannot be provided.

Number

Per cent.

Over pension age5,851(35·5)
Unemployed5,937(36·1)
Others4,675(28·4)
Total16,463(100·0)

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action.