§ Sir Brandon Rhys Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to the analysis in "Low Income Families 1981", if he will give a more detailed breakdown of the 1.8 million families with incomes below supplementary benefit levels, showing the main reasons why they have fallen through the social security safety net.
§ Dr. Boyson
[pursuant to his reply, 16 November 1983, c. 487]: The information requested is shown in the following table so far as it is available. Survey data do not record why individuals do not claim benefit.
Families (including single person) with income below supplementary benefit level analysed by benefit entitlement status (1981) (thousands) Group A Total number apparently entitled to supplementary benefit but not claiming 1,110 Those apparently entitled to both supplementary benefit and housing rebates, but whose housing rebates would be higher 150
Complete hospital closures approved by ministers since May 1979 Region and area/district Hospital Date approved NORTHERN Cleveland Overdene Maternity Home June 1980 North Tyneside Willington Quay Maternity November 81 YORKSHIRE Wakefield Headlands November 1981 Humberside Townend Maternity August 1979 Wakefield Newton Lodge Annexe November 1981 Wakefield Carr Gate November 1981 TRENT Derbyshire Smedley Memorial February 1981 Derbyshire Parwich May 1981 NORTH WEST THAMES Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster St. Columba's August 1980 Bedfordshire Doneswood Convalescent Home March 1981 Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Temple Hill House March 1981 Brent Leamington Park August 1983 Barnet West Hendon September 1983 NORTH EAST THAMES Enfield and Haringey Bearstead Memorial December 1980 City and East London Garrett Anderson Maternity Home September 1979 City and East London London Jewish February 1980 Haringey Prince of Wales November 1983 SOUTH EAST THAMES Camberwell St. Giles August 1983 SOUTH WEST THAMES East Surrey St. Benedict's September 1980 Wandsworth South London Hospital for Women November 1983 OXFORD Oxford Cowley Road July 1980
(thousands) Others 960 Group B Total of those whose income is below supplementary benefit levels but who are not entitled to the benefit 650 Those employed full-time 130 Those self-employed full-time 120 Those with capital in excess of prescribed limits 160 Those apparently failing to satisfy availability for work requirements 240 TOTALS 1,760 1,760
1. Estimates are rounded to the nearest 10,000.
2. Estimates are subject to the general rates contained in "Low Income Families—1981".