HC Deb 27 February 1981 vol 999 cc452-3W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing (a) the standard rates of unemployment and sickness benefit and (b) the standard rates plus earnings-related supplement, as percentages of net earnings for single people and married couples earning average male manual earnings in 1948, 1958, 1967 and each year thereafter.

Mrs. Chalker

Following is the information requested:

* The dales shown are those on which an uprating of benefits occurred.

† ERS calculated on the assumption that the beneficiary's earnings in the relevant earlier tax.year were at the rate of average earnings in October of that year.

‡ Estimates of average gross weekly earnings of full.time adult male manual workers in manufacturing and some non.manufacturing industries derived from the Department of Employment's October inquiry by interpolation/extrapolation using the seasonally adjusted index for average earnings (older series), with deductions for income tax and national insurance contributions at the non.contracted.out rate.