HC Deb 09 February 1979 vol 962 c324W
Mrs. Chalker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of exceptional needs payments made and their total cost for each quarter in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Mr. Deakins

The table below shows the exceptional needs payments made each year in periods of 12 weeks ending in February, May and August, and of 16 weeks ending in November.

insurance, child benefits, rent and rate rebates and family income supplement of a man on half average earnings and one on two-thirds average earnings; and what were the corresponding figures in November 1973 assuming rent and rate levels at the same real levels.

Mr. Orme

The comparison my hon. Friend seeks is as follows:—