§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will consider providing by post a copy of the publication "FB2/Nov80 'Which Benefit?' 60 ways to get cash help" to every household in the United Kingdom; and what would be the total cost involved.
§ Mrs. Chalker
"Which Benefit?" (FB2/Nov80) is intended primarily for people who are in a position to advise others on their entitlements to benefits, and it is widely distributed to statutory and voluntary agencies. However, it is also freely available to anyone who asks for a copy. 750,000 copies have been printed.
The cost of production and distribution to every household in the United Kingdom would be approximately £1.4 million. However, the great majority would be delivered to households where residents would not be entitled to any benefits, or where they are already receiving their full entitlements.
I believe that it is better to concentrate on specialised publicity aimed at particularly vulnerable groups. The forthcoming press and television campaign for family income supplement aimed at low-income working families is an example of this.