HC Deb 05 November 1980 vol 991 cc604-5W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received against the proposed deferment of the payment of supplementary benefit to school leavers until a fixed date about the beginning of the term following their leaving school; how much he expects to save from this proposal; and, in view of the hardship it will cause, whether he will consider its abandonment.

Mrs. Chalker

Representations have been received from various sources, including hon. Members, educational and careers interests. The change is expected to produce a net saving of £4 million a year. There is no reason to withdraw the change, particularly as social security dependency benefit and child benefit already being received by a parent or guardian will continue to be paid during the period of deferred entitlement. In special cases, such as the claimant being a young parent with a child, supplementary benefit is payable.