HC Deb 15 December 1983 vol 50 cc562-3W
Mr. Jackson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a tabulation showing in respect of (a) invalidity benefit, (b) attendance allowance, (c) non-contributory and invalidity pensions and (d) mobility allowance (i) the total number of recipients in 1978–79, (ii) the estimated total number of recipients in 1983–84, (iii) the total amount dispersed in 1978–79, (iv) the total amount anticipated to be dispersed in 1983–84 and (v) the total amount that would have been anticipated for disbursement in 1983–84 if the rate for that year, as compared with the rate for 1978–79, had been adjusted for inflation, but if no real increase in value, as compared with 1978–79, had been provided.

Mr. Newton

The information requested is as follows:

married couples and (c) married couples with two children, distinguishing between pensioners and non-pensioners, breaking the figures down to show how much was for each of rent, rates and water rates.

Dr. Boyson

Information is not available in precisely the form requested. The table shows the average amount of housing requirements added in the supplementary benefit assessment at December 1982, for householders, including owner-occupiers, but excluding those receiving housing benefit under the partial start arrangements. A breakdown into rent, rates and water rates is not available.

Pensioner cases £ Non-pensioner cases £
Single persons without children 9.95 13.34
Married couples without children 11.62 14.25
Married couples with 2 children under age 16 21.85 17.44

SourceAnnual Statistical Enquiry December 1982.

Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether an early leaver under a private sector pension scheme whose pension has been reduced below the supplementary benefit level by virtue only of his early leaving is entitled to claim supplementary benefit.

Dr. Boyson

Yes, provided he satisfies the other normal conditions for benefit.