HC Deb 11 March 1980 vol 980 cc500-1W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the average number of social security benefits received by those receiving supplementary benefit;

(2) what is the most commonly received social security benefit received by those receiving supplementary benefit.

Mrs. Chalker

I regret that the information requested in the first question is not available. The hon. Member will, however, see from the table below that the social security benefit most commonly received by supplementary beneficiaries is retirement pension.

(Great Britain)
Other social security benefits (a) received by supplementary benefit recipients(b)in November 1978.
Retirement pension and widows benefit to persons of pension age 1,631
Unemployment benefit 93
Sickness benefit 16
Invalidity benefit 42
Industrial injury disabled benefit 6
Widows benefits to persons under pension age 27
Maternity allowance 2
Attendance allowance 61
Child benefit 523
Non-contributory invalidity pension 49
Mobility allowance 4
Family income supplement 4
Invalid care allowance 2

Notes: (a) Includes child benefit paid to wives but otherwise excludes benefits payable to dependants, eg attendance allowance paid to wives.

(b) There were 2,932,000 supplementary benefit recipients in all.

Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give for the latest convenient date the number of people who have been unemployed for more than one year and are receiving supplementary benefit and the percentage this represents of all those unemployed for more than one year; and if he will give comparable figures for the past 10 years.

Mrs. Chalker

[pursuant to her reply, 28 February 1980, c. 712]: Information is available only from 1972 and relates to a week in November for all years except—on account of industrial action—1976, and 1979—not yet available. For years up to 1977 percentages are of all registered unemployed for a year; those from 1978 relate to claimants for benefit or national insurance credits. Following is the information:

Year Receiving supplementary benefit (Thousands) Percentage of all unemployed/unemployed claimants
1972 134 72
1973 102 69
1974 84 65
1975 110 68
1976 (May) 156 73
1977 222 77
1978 233 80
1979 (May) 228 79