HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 c481W
Mr. Ralph Howell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish figures to show the estimate of the annual rise in living standards since 1979 of(a) non-pensioner couples with children, (b) non-pensioner couples without children, (c) non-pensioner single people, (d) non-pensioner single people with children, (e) single pensioners and (f) pensioner couples up to the latest available date.

Mr. Scott

This information relates to incomes as calculated for households below average income, published 23 July 1990; incomes before housing costs.

Estimate of annual percentage change 1979–87
Per cent.
Non-pensioner couple with children 2.8
Non-pensioner couple without children 2.2
Non-pensioner single people 2.5
Non-pensioner single people with children 1.2
Single pensioners 2.7
Pensioner couples 3.0

The figures are subject to sampling error, particularly in the case of non-pensioner single people with children. In 1987 the sample size for non-pensioner single people with children was 394—4.3 per cent. of the total sample.

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