§ Mr. Andrew Bowden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many pensioners and others (a) above and (b) below the needs allowance have lost money as a result of changes to the non-dependant deductions since November 1982; and what was the average weekly loss involved.
§ Dr. Boyson
Information is not available on the numbers of average weekly losses of pensioners and others, above and below the needs allowance, whose assistance with housing costs has been reduced as a result of changes to the non-dependent deductions since November 1982. The householders affected need not have lost money since non-dependents would have been expected to contribute rather more towards their rents and rates.