HC Deb 27 October 1986 vol 103 c61W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Dundee are currently in receipt of supplementary benefit and how many are pensioners, heads of one-parent families, or unemployed.

Mr. Lyell

The city of Dundee is covered by two of the Department's offices, Dundee east and Dundee west, but their boundaries are not conterminous with those of the city. The numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit from those offices on 13 August 1986, the latest available figures, were as follows:

Unemployed 11,048
Over pension age 5,961
Others including one-parent families 7,214
Total 24,223

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action.

Mr. Frank Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of pensioners who would now qualify for supplementary benefits if it were not for the payment of occupational pensions.

Mr. Major

The best estimate which we can give, based on information from the family expenditure survey, is that in 1984 some 1.1 million pensioners would have qualified for supplementary pension if they had not been in receipt of an occupational pension.