HC Deb 25 January 1974 vol 867 cc378-9W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will compare the total net weekly income of a man with a wife and two children under 11 years of age with a weekly wage of £20 per week with persons in similar circumstances earning (a) £25 per week, and (b) £35 per week assuming that in all cases the previous year's earnings were at the same rate and allowing for relevant tax payments or repayments and welfare benefits in the following circumstances: for a week's work after 39 weeks at the appropriate rate and for three days' work at the appropriate rate together with two days' unemployment benefit due to restricted working under current regulations, and in each case showing the net income when partially unemployed as a percentage of that when in full employment.

Mr. Nott

The figures are:

Normal Weekly Wage A B C
£p £p %
£20 19.49 17.10
FIS 1.60 1.60
21.09 18.70 88.7
£25 22.89 21.60 94.4
£35 29.39 25.49 86.7

Notes: Column A shows the net weekly income when at work for week 40 in the tax year. Column B shows the net weekly income derived from earnings, tax refunds, where appropriate and unemployment benefit, but not earnings-related supplement, when partially unemployed for week 40 in the tax year. Column C shows column B as a percentage of column A. The figures take account of family allowances and national insurance contributions but they do not include any supplementary benefit that might be receivable during unemployment. Family income supplement payments are shown separately. They appear under column B as well as column A because a man who becomes entitled to FIS will receive it for the period of the award regardless of whether he becomes unemployed during that period.