§ Sir Patrick Wall
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the cost in State subsidies of an unemployed family of two aged between 19 and 24 years with one child;
(2) what are the maximum State subsidies that can be given to a retired couple between 65 and 70 years of age.
§ Mr. Newton:
I assume that my hon. Friend intends "subsidy" in this context to mean cash and other benefits. In addition to unemployment benefit, supplementary benefit and retirement pension, a wide range of help may be available, according to circumstances. I regret, however, that entitlement and its value cannot be estimated from the information given in the questions. Copies of the DHSS publication, "Tax/Benefit Model Tables" April 1982, are in the Library and indicate the financial position of various hypothetical families whose head is unemployed.