To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to establish a National Health Service income-generating unit within his Department; how many staff, and at what grades, will be employed; what the cost will be; against what guidelines it will operate; and if he will make a statement.
[holding answer 19 January 1988]: I am today announcing the establishment of an income generation unit within the Department. The unit will be headed by Mr. Ron Kerr, district general manager of North Hertfordshire health authority on secondment to the Department. The unit will form part of the NHS Management Board's financial management directorate and will advise the board, and through it Ministers, on issues relating to income generation. Its responsibilities
|Claimants currently receiving supplementary benefit who will receive a transitional addition from April 1988 by amount of addition and claimants category (thousands)|
|Amount of addition||80+||60–79||Sick/disabled||Lone parents||couples and children||Others||Total|
|Total receiving addition||200||450||30||190||30||520||1,420|
|Total with and without addition||390||1,120||220||580||510||1,480||4,300|
(i) * denotes a figure of less than 5,000.
(ii) Figures may not add owing to rounding.
(iii) These estimates are based on data from the February 1986 Annual Statistical Enquiry.