§ Dr. Godman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking, in the light of the result of a test case involving a former British Shipbuilders worker in Southampton, in September 1986, to ensure that unemployment benefit is paid to former Scott Lithgow workers by the Greenock and Port Glasgow offices of his Department during the first 13 weeks of their redundancy; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the benefits and allowances to which a married man with eight children under 11 years is entitled if his gross weekly earnings are (a) £90, (b) £120 and (c) £180 and he is paying average rent and rates (i) if he is working and (ii) if he is unemployed and showing the total net weekly spending power in each case.
§ Mr. Major
The information requested is given in the table.
Benefits, Allowances and total net weekly spending power at various earnings for a married man with eight children under 11 years and a non-working wife £ £ £ Gross Weekly Earnings 90.00 120.00 18000 Family Income Supplement 43.15 30.10 — Child Benefit 56.80 56.80 56.80 Rent Rebate 15.51 11.19 2.52 Rate Rebate 6.09 4.64 0.75 Free School Meals 9.00 9.00 9.00 Free Welfare Milk 6.72 6.72 — Total Income Support 179.25 177.23 165.05
Families with the age and size specified are extremely rare — out of a total of almost 7 million families with children in the country as a whole they are likely to number fewer than 100. If the head of the family was unemployed and claiming supplementary benefit, total income support would total £147.92 per week.
The phenomenon whereby net income can fall as gross earnings rise and income-related benefits are withdrawn will not occur after April 1988 when family credit replaces family income supplement under the terms of the 1986 Social Security Act.
- 1. Assumptions are the same as used in the Department's tax/ benefit model tables at July 1986. A copy is available in the Library.
- 2. The local authority rent for such a family is calculated at £19.60, general rates £8.15, water rates £1.60 per week.
§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside are in receipt of supplementary benefit; and if he will break down the figures showing the number of recipients who are pensioners, one-parent families and unemployed in each case.
§ Mr. Lyell
I regret that information cannot be given in the precise form requested. Dundee is covered by the Department's local offices at Dundee East and Dundee West but their boundaries are not conterminous with those of Dundee. Tayside region includes areas covered by these 519W two offices together with areas covered by the Department's local offices at Arbroath and Perth but their boundaries are not conterminous with those of Tayside.
Information about the number of pensioners, unemployed people and others under pension age receiving supplementary benefit from the local offices covering Dundee and Tayside on 10 December 1986—the latest available figures—are shown in the table.
Separate figures for one parent families receiving supplementary benefit are not available.
Dundee Tayside Pensioners 6,038 11,242 Unemployed 9,478 15,501
Dundee Tayside Others under pension age 7,111 11,474 Totals 22,627 38,217 Source: 100 per cent, count of cases in action.
§ Mr. Terry Davis
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has any plans to stop single payments for repairs to owner occupiers in receipt of supplementary benefit.