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Benefits

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give, for a single person, the basic rate of unemployment and supplementary benefits, broken down to component amounts and the areas those amounts are intended to cover.

The standard weekly rate of unemployment benefit is £31·45 for a person under pension age. This benefit is intended to provide a measure of compensation for loss of earnings for people who become unemployed and is not related to a claimant's needs or requirements.The principal basic weekly rates of supplementary benefit for a single unemployed person are as follows:

CircumstancesRate £
1. Householder;30·40
2. Member of someone else's household; aged 18 years and over24·35
3. Member of someone else's household; aged 16–17 years18·75
These rates are not made up of separately calculated component parts but are composite amounts intended to cover all items of normal expenditure on day-to-day living expenses. It is for the claimant to decide how much is allocated to particular areas of expenditure.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the total number of claimants applying to his Department for benefit resident in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland for each year from 1979 to 1986.

Separate figures are not available for Orkney and Shetland, nor are they available prior to 1983–84. The total number of benefit claims made by residents in Orkney and Shetland are included in the figures for the Lerwick and Wick offices as follows:

Lerwick ILO Benefit Claims received
Benefit1983–841984–851985–861986–87
Sickness/Invalidity benefit489439555353
Injury Benefit15
Maternity Benefit276194235255
1Retirement Pension6691,3041,091922
Widows Benefit14222347
Death Grants230226239208
Disablement Benefit71878
Non-Contributory Invalidity Pension731
Severe Disablement Allowance125
1Supplementary Benefit1,4881,8021,6161,662
Wick ILO Benefit Claims received
Benefit1983–841984–851985–861986–87
Sickness/Invalidity Benefit3411,0611,226876
Injury Benefit
Maternity Benefit194327440465
1Retirement Pension1,1212,4293,5203,119
Widows Benefit23558177
Death Grants206392767675
Disablement Benefit161822
Non-Contributory Invalidity Pension522
Severe Disablement Allowance6620
1Supplementary Benefit5,1725,3905,4995,182
1 Decisions processed not claims received.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are his latest estimates of family income supplement and housing benefit take-up.

I have today placed in the Library copies of reports presenting take-up estimates for Family Income Supplement in 1983–84 and Housing Benefit in 1984. Full explanations are included of the methods and assumptions used in the estimates. Copies of the reports are also available on request from DHSS at Room 536A, New Court. 48 Carey Street, London WC2A 2LS, Telephone Number 01–831–6111 extension 2556.