§ Sir Brandon Rhys Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Kensington,Official Report, 4 February, columns 737–42, and to the figures for the lone parent earning £60 per week in table 'D', whether one-parent benefit is to be excluded from set income for the new housing benefit calculation; and what rate of lone parent premium was used for his calculations.
§ Mr. Scott
I regret my reply given to my hon. Friend on 4 February at columns737–42 should be amended as follows: Table D showing the new system from April 1988 for a single person with gross weekly earnings of £60 and children aged 4 and 6 gross should indicate £81.95 in net weekly spending power with no rent or rate rebates.
One parent benefit is taken into account for calculating housing benefit. The lone-parent premium used was £8.60.