HC Deb 03 July 1968 vol 767 c250W
Mr. Tapsell

asked the Minister of Social Security if she will give the most recent figure available for the proportion of people drawing National Insurance benefits also receiving supplementary benefit; and how these are divided between those receiving unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, industrial injuries benefit, retirement pension, and widows' benefit, respectively.

Mrs. Hart

Estimates for industrial injuries benefits are not available: but the other figures requested are as follows:

Unemployment benefit 23
Sickness benefit 13.3
Retirement pensions 23
Widow's benefits (excluding widow's basic pensions) 21.6

For retirement pensions, proportions are usually given on a household basis because, while a man and wife living together will often both be National Insurance beneficiaries, only a single payment of supplementary benefit is made. On this basis the proportion for retirement pensions would be 28.2 per cent.