HC Deb 07 July 1983 vol 45 c154W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many pensioners he estimates have become ineligible for single payments as a result of being floated off supplementary benefit by the housing benefit scheme.

Dr. Boyson

It is estimated that on the introduction of the housing benefits scheme, about 65,000 pensioners ceased to qualify for supplementary benefit because their total income exceeded their supplementary benefit requirements; consequently they are no longer eligible for single payments of supplementary benefit.