HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 c80W
Mr. John

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number (a) of supplementary pensioners, (b) of national insurance widows under 60 years, (c) of other single-parent families, (d) of sick and disabled, (e) of unemployed men aged 60 to 65 years on the long-term rate and (f) of others who will be affected by changes in the available scale margin in November; and how many of these stand to lose 50p a week and how many stand to lose £1 a week as a result of the changes.

Dr. Boyson

[pursuant to his reply, 21 June 1984, c. 242]: We estimate that the following numbers of claimants will receive less at the uprating in November than they would otherwise have done, because of the proposed changes in the available scale margin:

Up to 50p less Between 51p and £1 less
(thousands) (thousands)
Supplementary pensioners 345 1,245
National insurance widows under 60* 5
Other single parent families* 15 75
Sick and disabled* 30 65
Unemployed men aged 60–65* 5 20
Others* 5 15
* Receiving supplementary allowance.
† Too small to estimate accurately.