HC Deb 14 December 1981 vol 15 cc52-3W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what benefit in cash terms he expects will be received by a married man with two children who suffers an industrial accident in January 1982; how this compares both in amount and as a percentage with benefit received by a person in the same circumstances in May 1979; and if he will give his answer in the same form as that used in the reply to the hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Best) on 19 November, Official Report, c. 224–6.

Mrs. Chalker

The three main social security benefits for which married men, with children, who suffer industrial accidents may qualify are injury benefit, child

May 1979 January 1982 Column 4 as percentage
Married man, two children aged four and six; wife not working Earnings at average levels Earnings attracting maximum ERS of column 2 of column 3
(1) (2) £ (3) £ (4) £ (5) (6)
Injury benefit (IB) 29.95 29.95 40.75 136 136
Earnings.related supplement (ERS) to IB 13.29 16.25 Abolished
IB plus ERS 43.24 46.20 40.75 94 88
Child benefit 8.00 8.00 10.50 131 131
Supplementary benefit excluding rent and rates No entitlement No entitlement *3.95
Total social security benefits in cash terms †48.49 †51.45 *‡55.20


* Where supplementary benefit is payable.

† Would also receive help with rent and rates from local authority;

‡ Would also receive an addition to supplementary benefit for rent and rates, estimates of which are not yet available.