§ 11. Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many working people presently claim supplementary benefit; and what is the comparable figure for January 1980.
§ 48. Mr. Harris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he intends to raise the £3,000 capital limit for supplementary benefit.
§ Mr. Major
Not in the short term. However, we have announced proposals for more generous treatment of capital in the income support scheme which is to replace supplementary benefit from April 1988. We propose that the capital limit will be doubled to £6,000, but a weekly income of £1 will be assumed for bands of capital of £250 between £3,000 and £6,000.