HC Deb 13 February 1973 vol 850 cc300-1W
Mr. Kinnock

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will print in the OFFICIAL REPORT the take-up of the family income supplement for each quarter since benefit was first paid.

Mr. Dean

Following is the number of families receiving family income supplement:

Date Numbers Receiving Family Income Supplement
28th September 1971 50,000
28th December 1971 66,000
31st March 1972 60,000
27th June 1972 87,000
26th September 1972 84,000
28th December 1972 84,000

Families whose supplementary benefit is subject to the wage-stop provision receive increased amounts of supplementary benefit because of family income supplement. Estimates of numbers for the above dates are not available but at the end of 1972 about 20,000 families were benefiting; many other families would have been wage-stopped but for the effect of family income supplement.