HC Deb 18 July 1980 vol 988 cc741-2W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of, the, average weekly pay-

Age In work* Sick or short-term unemployed Dependent on Supplementary Benefit
(a) (b) (c)
£ £ £
Under 5 4.75 6.00 7.30
5–10 4.75 6.00
11–12 4.75 6.00 10.90
13–15 4.75 6.00
16–17 4.75 6.00 13.10
18 and over, 4.75 6.00‡ 17.05
* An increase of child benefit of £3 pert week from 24 November is payable in respect of one child in a one-parent family.
† The rates shown relate to beneficiaries who are either unemployed or sick in the short-term. A higher rate may apply in the case of long-term sickness.
‡ There is an upper, age limit of 19 for child benefit and national insurance child dependency increases.

Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the net weekly income, including tax rebate where applicable, in December of a married man with two children (a) when at work earning £95 per week and (b) when sick, assuming that earnings-related sickness benefit is made up to full pay by the employer, and that sickness commences at the start of December.

Mrs. Chalker

I regret that I am unable to provide the information requested. The needs allowances for housing benefits, which will be operative in December 1980, are not yet known. Furthermore, in order to make a reasonable estimate of the amount of earnings related supplement—ERS—payable in December 1980,

ment to the unemployed, taking into account supplementary benefit and earnings-related supplements as well as flat-rate national insurance benefit.

Mrs. Chalker

It is estimated that the average payment in the first quarter of 1980 was about £26.50 per week.

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