HC Deb 01 December 1970 vol 807 c1072
26. Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what specific steps he is taking to inform all those persons who are entitled to family income supplement about their rights; and what particular efforts he is making to encourage these people to take advantage of the supplement.

Sir K. Joseph

I am planning an intensive publicity campaign beginning in the spring in which I shall seek the co-operation of social workers and others active in this field.

Mr. Ashley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the family income supplement is a pathetic substitute for a real policy on poverty? How is this publicity campaign different from the previous one, on means-tested benefits, which has failed to attract many people to claim the benefits?

Sir K. Joseph

We are determined to do better in securing increased take-up than the previous Administration. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman waits until he sees our publicity campaign in the spring.