HC Deb 05 March 1984 vol 55 cc454-5W
Mr. Andrew Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the cost of disregarding the first £4 of any occupational, graduated or additional pension for the purpose of claiming supplementary pension.

Dr. Boyson

[pursuant to his reply, 6 February 1984, c. 509]: It is estimated that the annual cost, including that arising from additional claims attracted by such a provision, would be of the order of £120 million.

Source: Annual statistical inquiry.

Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the weekly supplementary benefit income of a married couple with one child aged under 11 years and one child aged over 11 and not yet 16 years.

Dr. Boyson

[pursuant to his reply, 29 February 1984, c. 247]: At December 1982, the latest date for which information is available, the average weekly amount of supplementary benefit payable to a couple in the circumstances described was £46.22. This does not of course include child benefit or any other income received such as national insurance benefits.

Heating additions Central heating additions Other heating additions Totals
Lower rate Higher rate Lower rate Higher rate
Supplementary pensioners* 71 39 22 6 1 138
Claimants with children 32 2 13 17 1 64
Others 9 7 14 4 1 35
Total 111 48 49 28 2 238
* Excluding those with children.


Annual statistical inquiry 1982