§ Mr. Hanson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the number of family credit claimants currently employed in schools, who have lost or will lose benefit as a result of the ruling by Social Security commissioners in October 1994; what plans he has to monitor the situation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Roger Evans
Precise information is not available but we estimate that there may be about 7,500 people who work in schools, or similar establishments, who have been affected by the commissioner's decision. Although these people may have lost eligibility for family credit, many have been able to claim income support. We have been monitoring the situation closely and intend to amend the regulations, to reverse the effects of the commissioner's decision, at the earliest opportunity, following consultation with the Social Security Advisory Committee and the local authorities associations.