§ 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 301W 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.