§ Mrs. Winifred Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost of employing social security officials to check on the cohabitation rule enforced against widows and unsupported women.
§ Mr. O'Malley
In 1974, the last year for which information is at present available, the cost of employing special investigators to investigate suspected cohabitation in supplementary benefit cases was £639,000. The estimated net saving to public funds after deducting this cost was £726,000. No record is kept of the416W cost of investigating widows' benefit cases or that of local office staff dealing with supplementary benefit cases where reference for special investigation is unnecessary.