HC Deb 18 July 1986 vol 101 c665W
Mr. Andrew Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many retirement pensioners are in receipt of domestic assistance addition; and if he will give the figures for (a) the average weekly payments made, (b) the range of weekly payments made and (c) the total amount involved.

Mr. Newton

At December 1984, it is provisionally estimated that some 2,000 retirement pensioners were in receipt of a supplementary benefit domestic assistance addition with an average weekly payment of around £2.70. This would be equivalent, using December 1984 numbers and rates, to total annual expenditure of around £300,000. These amounts take no account of the available scale margin. The available data are not sufficiently reliable to enable a breakdown by range of payment to retirement pensioners to be given, but I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley) on 3 June at column531, which showed the range of payments to all recipients of the addition.