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Tax Withdrawal Rates

Volume 205: debated on Monday 9 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing (a) the number of working heads, (b) dependants and (c) families with children facing marginal tax and benefit withdrawal rates in excess of 50 per cent. in the manner of his answer of 23 January, Official Report, column 248, to the hon. Member for Hornchurch.

The information requested is in the table.

Numbers with marginal deduction rates within each range (thousands) Great Britain
Per cent.Families with childrenCouples and singleTotal
90 to 9955055
80 to 8913020150
1979–80 cash(£ million)1979–80 at 1991–92 prices(£ million)1991–92 cash(£ million)Real terms percentage increase
Elderly people10,13023,55431,44633·5
Sick and disabled people2,7796,46013,333106·4
—short-term sick6801,5811,079-31·8

Per cent.

Families with children

Couples and single


70 to 7914055195
60 to 69055
50 to 59000

Figures are based on pooled family expenditure survey data, uprated to 1991–92 prices, taxes and benefit levels.

Calculated for benefit units in receipt of income-related benefits where at least one partner works 24 hours a week of more. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5,000. Figures may not sum due to rounding.