HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 c856W

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many households, from data taken for the Annual Statistical Enquiry in 1987, 1988 amd 1989, are having weekly deductions made from their supplementary benefit or income support, as appropriate, for electricity and how many for gas(a) under £2 per week and (b) in each £1 band above £2 per week up to £30 per week.

[holding answer 4 December 1989]: The information is in the table.

 Amount of deductions1 Gas Electricity 1987 21988 1987 21988 0.01– 2.00 2,500 2,000 4,500 4,500 2.01– 3.00 2,000 4,000 7,000 5,500 3.01– 4.00 6,500 7,500 10,000 9,000 4.01– 5.00 7,500 9,000 13,500 12,500 5.01– 6.00 13,000 12,500 14,000 13,500 6.01– 7.00 15,000 16,000 16,500 15,500 7.01– 8.00 15,500 16,500 17,000 13,500 8.01– 9.00 17,000 19,500 14,000 11,500 9.01–10.00 17,500 18,000 11,500 11,500 10.01–11.00 12,000 13,500 10,000 9,500 11.01–12.00 10,000 12,500 9,000 8,500 12.01–13.00 7,000 6,000 7,000 6,500 13.01–14.00 5,000 6,500 7,000 7,000 14.01–15.00 2,500 2,500 4,000 4,500 15.01–16.00 2,500 2,000 5,500 3,500 16.01–17.00 1,000 500 2,500 3,000 17.01–18.00 500 1,000 2,500 3,500 18.01–19.00 500 500 1,500 1,500 19.01–20.00 500 500 2,000 1,500 20.01–24.0033 500 1,000 3,000 4,000 24.01–30.00 500 Nil 1,000 1,000 30.01 & over Nil Nil Nil 500 TOTAL 138,000 152,000 163,000 4152,000 1 Deductions cover the cost of current consumption and, where necessary, a specific amount to clear an outstanding bill. Numbers of cases have been rounded to the nearest 500. 2 Data for 1989 are not yet available. 3 For figures over £20 per week the bands have been amalgamated as shown, since in single pound bands most would contain no cases or less than 500. The method by which these estimates are obtained does not imply a high level of precision for such numbers. 4 Columns may not total to sum due to rounding.

Source:

Annual Statistical Enquiries May 1987, May 1988.

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