§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will review the working of the family credit regulations to ensure that low-income self-employed families do not lose their entitlement to assistance because of the interpretation of the authorities that they must abide by cash movement rules, rather than normal accountancy treatment of overhead costs and stock fluctuations.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
We believe that a trading profit arrived at by normal accountancy practices is not an appropriate basis for arriving at the income to be taken into account in calculating family credit. The cash-flow basis was introduced when family credit replaced family252W
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