HC Deb 09 February 1979 vol 962 c322W
Mr. Tilley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the estimated cost of abolishing the cohabitation rule if single person non-householder scale rate were paid (a) to the spouse of all heads of households now receiving the married couple rate and (b) to 50 per cent. of the currently ineligible nonworking spouses of married workers.

Mr. Orme

The combined cost of (a) and (b) would be between £1½ billion and £2 billion a year.

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