HC Deb 01 February 1972 vol 830 cc65-6W
66. Mr. Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to amend the Family Income Supplement Act so that amounts paid in respect of a person's superannuation contributions do not count as income.

Sir K. Joseph

No. The general principle of the Family Income Supplement Scheme is that entitlement is based on gross earnings, and I do not think it would be right to make an exception for these particular deductions.

72. Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will introduce legislation enabling low-income families in which the wife is the bread-winner and the husband looks after home and children to be eligible for family income supplement.

Mr. Dean

I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member for Newark (Mr. Bishop) on 21st October, 1971, on this subject.—[Vol. 823, c.195.]

Mr. O'Halloran

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many families in the greater London area, borough by borough, are in receipt of the family income supplement; and what was the total number of applications received to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Dean

I regret that information of this kind is at present available only for departmental regions. We are examining the possibility of obtaining it for smaller areas.

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