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Single Payments

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of claimants received a single payment in 1986–87, 1985–86 and 1984–85; and what was the average value of those payments.

I regret the information is not available in the precise form requested. Data are available from annual statistical inquiries only as follows:

Percentage of claimants receiving single paymentsAverage payment (£)
December 198420173
February 198624187

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiries.

Note: The information relates to single payments made in the 12 months preceding the annual statistical inquiry to claimants in receipt of benefit at the time of the inquiry. As a result, it does not record all the single payments made in the year.