HC Deb 13 February 1976 vol 905 c414W
Mr. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons in Scotland are not claiming supplementary benefit and are not in full-time work but are living on incomes below supplementary benefit level.

Mr. Meacher

Such estimates are derived from the Family Expenditure Survey and the numbers in the sample for Scotland are insufficient to provide a detailed estimate. The 1974 Survey suggests, however, that there are about 90,000 such persons of whom the great majority are in single-person families. This figure, which is subject to sampling error, does not purport to show the level of unclaimed entitlement to supplementary benefit.