HC Deb 21 June 1984 vol 62 c238W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the amounts of social security benefits left unclaimed, distinguishing between the main benefits.

Mr. Newton

The table gives the latest estimates of unclaimed benefit for those benefits where take-up is a problem and where estimates are available.

Year Benefit Estimated annual amount of unclaimed benefit
£ million
1981 Supplementary Benefit *760
1981–82 Family Income Supplement †57
1981–82 One Parent Benefit ‡25
1981 Free Welfare Foods *44
* Source: Family Expenditure Survey 1981.
† Source: Family Expenditure Survey 1981–82.
‡Source: OPCS and Social Security Administrative sources.