§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the consequential or extra benefits available with (a) supplementary benefit and (b) family income supplement; and what is the approximate weekly value to (i) a pensioner couple and (ii) a married couple with two school-age children.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The benefits to which supplementary benefit and family income supplement give automatic—"passport"—entitlement are listed in paragraphs 254 and 259 of the supplementary benefits handbook. I understand that there is a copy in the Library of the House.
It is not possible to put a weekly value on these benefits, except free school meals for children of school age and free milk and vitamins for children under school age and expectant mothers. The value of free school meals to a married couple with two school-age children is £3, that is £1.50 per child, for each week of the 265W school terms. The value of free milk and vitamins is £1.05 a week for each child or expectant mother.