§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many families were (a) eligible for and (b) drawing family income supplement in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.
§ Mr. Newton
The latest estimate of the number of families eligible for but not receiving family income supplement is still that derived from the family finances survey 1979, indicating that about half those eligible take up the supplement.
The latest date for which figures are available for the number of recipients of FIS is September 1983. the following table gives the figures at the end of September of each year for which information has been requested.
Numbers 1977 11,196 1978 11,087 1979 11,002 1980 10,981 1981 11,067 1982 11,207
- 1. The above figures include pharmacies in health centres and drug stores.
- 2. The United Kingdom total was obtained by adding the Great Britain
749 total of pharmacies in contract on 31 December each year and the Northern Ireland total of pharmacies in contract on 1 July each year.
- 3. Information for 1983 is not yet available.