HC Deb 01 May 1967 vol 746 c63
10. Mr. Hamling

asked the Minister of Social Security what representations have been made to her since the beginning of March about the payment of a special social security benefit to single women with adult dependants; and what reply she has sent.

Miss Herbison

Apart from the deputation which my hon. Friend brought to see me on 9th March, I have received four letters on this subject. In reply I have drawn attention to the social security benefits already available to women in these circumstances who need them and also to their dependants.

Mr. Hamling

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was helpful in his Budget on this subject and we hope that very soon she will emulate his progressive attitude?

Miss Herbison

I think the concession which has been made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor will be helpful in many cases, but my hon. Friend will know that at present there are 11,000 women who are benefiting under our supplementary benefits scheme.

Mr. Dean

Will the right hon. Lady bear in mind the great sacrifices which many of these women make, particularly when their dependants are disabled?

Miss Herbison

Yes, it was because this Government realised that that the Chancellor made his announcement in his Budget statement.