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Income-Related Benefits

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing income support expenditure in 1988–89 broken down into claimant groups as in table 8b in the "Estimated Impact of the Reformed Structure of Income-related Benefits" which will receive (a) more and (b) less than if supplementary benefit had continued with a normal uprating (i) including and (ii) excluding the compensation for 20 per cent. contribution to rates.

The information requested is as follows:

(a)Income support more than supplementary benefitIncome support less than supplementary benefitTotal
(i) Including rates compensation (£ million) Pensioners
Singles510200710
Couples340130470
Non-pensioners with children
Lone parents1,2503801,630
Couples1,7201601,880
Non-pensioners without children
Single age 25+1,0402701,310
Single age <256503601,010
Couples80330410
Total5,5901,8307,420
(ii) Excluding rates compensation (£ million) Pensioners
Singles310300610
Couples260190450
Non-pensioners with children
Lone parents1,0205801,600
Couples1,5502901,840
Non-pensioners without children
Single age 25+6106501,260
Single age <
2530950980
Couples40360400
Total3,8203,3207,140
These figures take no account of transitional protection or estimated expenditure on boarders who are generally to be unaffected.