HC Deb 23 March 1989 vol 149 cc790-1W
Mr. John Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if, following his answer to the hon. Member for Leeds, West on 22 February,Official Report, column 679, he will break down the real increases or decreases in expenditure for each benefit showing what amount and proportion is attributable to (a) a rise or fall in the real level of benefit, (b) a rise or fall in the numbers claiming benefit and (c) other factors.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

[holding answer 16 March 1989]: An analysis of family support distinguishing between the effects of changes in the average amount of benefit paid and changes in numbers of beneficiaries between 1978–79 and 1988–89 is set out in the table.

Family Support 1978–79 to 1988–89
(£ million)
Changes in average amounts paid Changes in expenditure caused by numbers of beneficiaries Total change
Child Benefit 1,067 -417 650
One Parent Benefit 62 64 126
FIS/Family Credit 256 114 370
Maternity Grant/Maternity Allowance -42 -195 -237
Supplementary Allowance/Income Support and Housing Benefit1 83 1,525 1,608
Social Fund 49
Child tax allowances -1,000
Additional personal tax allowance (lone parent) 50 50
Statutory Maternity Pay 240
Total 1,856
1Supplementary Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit (includes rate rebates) paid to one parent families and to people looking after elderly persons.

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