§ Mr. Squire
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people will be entitled to both family credit and housing benefit after the Social Security Act 1986 is implemented in April 1988.
§ Mr. Portillo
It is estimated that about 100,000 (just over 20 per cent.) of the families receiving family credit will also receive housing benefit. Of these about 25,000 will be receiving only rent rebate or rent allowance and 57,000 a rate rebate only. Fewer than 18,000 will receive both rent rebate/allowance and rate rebate.