HC Deb 26 January 1988 vol 126 cc222-3W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many gainers and losers he assesses there will be from the introduction of income support in April for(a) single pensioners under 80 years, (b) single pensioners over 80 years, (c) pensioner couples under 80 years, (d) pensioner couples over 80 years, (e) single unemployed under 25 years, (f) single unemployed over 25 years, (g) unemployed couples with children and (h) single parent families.

Mr. Scott

[holding answer 18 January 1988]: The information is in the table. It is comparable with tables 1A and 2A of the "Impact of the Reformed Structure of Income-Related Benefits", a copy of which is in the Library. The explanatory notes to those tables apply equally to this.

People on Income Support: Change in disposable income after meeting housing costs. Cash position at point of change.
Increased No change Decreased
Single pensioners under 80 years 570,000 360,000 1
Single pensioners under 80 years 210,000 190,000 1
Pensioner couples over 80 years 140,000 130,000 1
Pensioner couples over 80 years 20,000 20,000 1
Single unemployed under 25 years 540,000 160,000 10,000
Single unemployed over 25 years 310,000 280,000 1
Unemployed couples with children 460,000 40,000 1
Single Parent families 380,000 220,000 1

1 Denotes figures of less than 5,000

Note: Boarders are not included: they cannot be categorised in this way.