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Disposable Incomes

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish figures detailing the disposable incomes of (a) single-earner married couples with two children aged under 11 years, and (b) lone mothers with two children aged under 11 years, assuming rent of £21·80 and rates of £9·00 in each case (i) when not in paid work and receiving income support, and (ii) when in full-time paid work earning (1) £80, (2) £100, (3) £120, (4) £140 and (5) £160 per week.

The information requested is set out in the table. The position of lone parents on housing benefit and community charge benefit will improve from October 1990 with a change in the earnings disregard from £15 to £25.

Disposable incomes (net income alter housing costs) for family types at various earnings levels and on income support as at October 1989 Family type:
Single earner married couples with two children under 11 years
Net earningsDisposable incomes
(£ per week)(£ per week)
On income support87·56

Family type:

Lone mothers with two children under 11 years

Net earnings

Disposable incomes

(£ per week)

(£ per week)

On income support71·56


1. The assumptions (including average rent and rates) and methods are those used in the Tax Benefit Model Tables, copies of which are available in the Library.

2. For earnings level £160 separate calculations have been done, but using the same assumptions and methods as in the Tax Benefit Model Tables.