HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 cc664-5W
51. Mr. Gow

asked Secretary of State for Social Services what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that those entitled to supplementary benefit receive it; and whether he will make a statement.

55. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what additional steps he intends to take to ensure that all who are entitled to supplementary benefit are fully aware of their rights.

Mr. Deakins

I would refer the hon. Member and my hon. Friend to Chapters 10 and 21 of the Supplementary Benefits Commission's Annual Report for 1976 (Cmnd 6910). Work is in progress to refine the information about the groups of people not claiming supplementary benefit who appear to be entitled to it. The Government will not hesitate to take further action to improve the take-up of supplementary benefit where this seems likely to be effective. Simpler and more attractive leaflets on supplementary benefits are now available in post offices and local social security offices. Copies of these are being placed in the Library of the House.