HC Deb 05 February 1988 vol 126 cc798-9W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the levels of gross earnings in April at which(a) a single householder, (b) a married couple, (c) a married couple with two children aged four and six years and (d) a single parent with one child, aged three years, will lose housing benefit, assuming full take-up of family credit, average rent and rates and other assumptions, as in his reply to the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Clay) Official Report, 1 December 1987, column 566.

Mr. Scott

On the basis of illustrative assumptions about the level of rents, rates and tax allowances from April 1988, informaion about the levels of gross income at which entitlement to housing benefit will cease is set out in the table.

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Cross income in Column 4 made up of
Assumed tax allowance per year Assumed rent per week Assumed rates per week Total gross weekly income at which housing benefit runs out Gross wages Child benefit Family credit
£ £ £ £ £ £ £
Single Householder (aged 2–9) 2,505.00 15.94 6.67 75.20 75.20
Married Couple (one over 18, both under 60) 3,925.00 17.82 7.50 107.20 107.20
Married Couple (one over 18, both under 60) with two children aged 4 and 6 3,925.00 19.12 8.02 129.41 91.00 14.50 23.91
Single Parent (over 18) one child aged 3 3,925.00 17.82 7.50 104.30 54.00 12.15 38.15


1. The tax rate is assumed to be 27 per cent.

2. The tax allowance for the Single Parent consists of the single person's tax allowance and the additional personal allowance.