HC Deb 10 November 1980 vol 992 c66W
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.

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