§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what average family credit payment was assumed in the 1988 public expenditure White Paper; what was the average payment awarded in each month since April; and what is the average amount now in payment.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The 1988 public expenditure White Paper estimate of £409 million and an average of 470,000 recipients presupposed an average award of £16£73 a week. Indications are that current awards average over £25 a week. Precise information for earlier months is not available. Revised estimates of total expenditure and the numbers of claimants in 1988–89 will be published in the 1989 public expenditure White Paper in the new year.