HC Deb 18 July 1969 vol 787 cc218-9W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the numbers of persons drawing supplementary benefit who are retirement pensioners, widows, widowed mothers, chronic sick, unemployed, and others not in the foregoing categories, respectively, giving the percentage which each group represents of the total of all beneficiaries, all figures to the nearest convenient date in 1969.

Mr. Pentland

The figures available are given in the following Table:—

Persons drawing supplementary benefit. May 1969
Number Percentage of total
Retirement Pensioners 1,670,500 62
Widows (other than widowed mothers) 95,000 4
Widowed Mothers 25,400 1
Sick (all types) 327,400 12
Unemployed 223,300 8
Others 353,900 13
Total 2,695,500

Note: Payments may cover the needs of more than one person.