§ Mr. Clay
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will give a detailed breakdown of how the £600 million extra a year in real terms which has been made available to families through income-related benefits, has been allocated to families with low incomes;
(2) if he will give details for each year from 1988–89 onwards of how much of the extra £600 million a year, in real terms, given to low-income families has (a) gone into each means-tested benefit, (b) increased the real value of each means-tested benefit to individual households and (c) been spent because of changes in the numbers of families receiving means-tested benefits.
§ Mr. Jack
The detailed breakdown is in the table.
It is not possible to estimate the increased value of each income-related benefit to individual households because individual families will have benefited in different ways and at different times from one or more of the separate packages.
Costings of each package of help are calculated using forecasts of family numbers receiving income-related benefits in the year of introduction. In arriving at the total cost no account is taken of subsequent changes in the numbers of families receiving income-related benefits.524W
Year and change Amount Value in a full year at 1992–93 prices £ million £ million April 1988 Introduction of Family Credit 200 256 April 1989 Extra 50p in IRB child allowances 70 84 April 1990 £1 on Family Credit adult credit 70 78 Extra 50p on Income Support, Family Credit and Housing Benefit family premium Extra 50p on childs personal allowances in Income Support, Family Credit and Housing Benefit Increase in lone parent premium in Housing Benefit and Community Charge Benefit Increase in lone parent earnings disregard in Housing Benefit and Community Charge Benefit Extra in disabled child premium in Income Support (£8 million) Extra for expectant mothers through Social Fund maternity payment (£3 million) October 1991 Increase for families on Income Support to ensure they gain from Community Housing Benefit inclusive 163 133 April 1992 Change in Family Credit hours rule and maintenance disregard for lone parents 69 Total annual extra help in 1992–93 made available for families with children since 1988 620 1 Half year.