§ 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:453W
* 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.