HC Deb 20 January 1999 vol 323 c473W
Dan Norris

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the percentage of people receiving income support who pay their gas costs with prepayment meters. [65969]

Angela Eagle

We estimate that 24 per cent. of households receiving Income Support pay for gas with prepayment meters.


1. This figure is an estimate taken from the 1997–98 Family Expenditure Survey for Great Britain.

2. This estimate will include households who do not use gas at all.

3. "Households receiving Income Support" means that the household contains at least one person receiving Income Support.