HC Deb 20 March 1986 vol 94 c287W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, pursuant to the answer of 12 February, Official Report, columns 489–90, he will break down the total of social security claimants for 1985 into the categories (a) pensioners aged 80 years and over, (b) pensioners aged 60 to 79 years, (c) sick and disabled, (d) one-parent families, (e) low paid families, (f) unemployed families, (g) single people, (h) childless couples and (i) widows and others.

Mr. Major

More detailed information on the categories of supplementary benefit claimants in Leyton and Leytonstone is not available.

Details of the number of persons in receipt of supplementary benefit in December 1983 (the latest available information) in the categories requested, except low income families, is available nationally but not locally as follows:

*December 1983
Pensioners aged 80 years and over 444
Pensioners aged 60 to 79 years 1,206
Sick and disabled 241
One parent families 475
Unemployed families 461
Single people 3,329
Childless couples 536
Widows 15
Others 167

The number of low income families in receipt of family income supplement in December 1983† was 204,000.

* Annual Statistic Inquiry 1983.

† 10 per cent annual sample.