HC Deb 01 April 1987 vol 113 cc519-20W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for tables 5.14 and 5.15 of the latest issue of "Social Trends" the median figure for gross earnings on the horizontal axis and the actual figures and percentages for each category on the vertical axis at that level of earnings.

Mr. Major

The information is as follows:

July 1986
Median earnings1


Total income support2


Replacement ratio3 percentage
Family type
Single person (householder) 187 100.06 30
Married couple 187 107.42 45
Married couple with one child (aged 3) 187 112.17 56
Married couple with two children (aged 4 and 6) 187 117.52 64
Married couple with three children (aged 3, 8, 11) 187 124.62 74
Married couple with four children (aged 3, 8, 11, and 16) 187 131.72 86
Single person with one child (aged 3) 125 78.33 56
1 Estimated median earnings at July 1986 for:
adult male full-time employees for all family types except single person plus child
adult, female full-time employees for single person plus child.
2 Net income (including the value of benefits in kind) less housing costs and travel to work expenses— referred to as "net weekly spending power" in Social Trends.
3 Total income support (TIS) out of work and receiving supplementary benefit as a percentage of TIS in work.

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