HC Deb 07 August 1972 vol 842 cc282-3W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish figures showing how many receipients of supplementary benefits at the latest date for which figures are available had their benefits reduced by reason of the wage-stop; the average amount of the reduction; the numbers of wage. stopped with adult and child dependants, respectively, and the total saving to the Exchequer arising from the operation of the wage-stop.

Mr. Dean

In May, 1972 approximately 12,000 claimants either unemployed or sick had their supplementary allowances restricted in accordance with the wage-stop provisions; the other information requested is not available at that date.

In November, 1971 there were 23,200 claimants subject to a wage-stop reduction which averaged £1.47; almost all had adult dependants and 22,400 had dependent children. The total weekly amount of all wage-stop deductions was £34,600. This represents the difference between the claimants' normal requirements and requirements after application of the wage-stop.