HC Deb 13 January 1987 vol 108 c164W
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.

Mr. Lyell

Supplementary benefit is not payable to those in full-time work. The relevant benefit in the case of families with children is family income supplement. The number of families receiving family income supplement has increased from 82,000 in January 1980 to 210,000 in September 1986.

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.