HC Deb 27 July 2000 vol 354 c846W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many households among those having less than half average income in(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99 and (d) 1999–2000, depended primarily for their income on (i) National Insurance pension benefits, (ii) other National Insurance benefits and Child Benefit, (iii) Income Support or the Minimum Income Guarantee and (iv) other types and combinations of benefit. [131958]

Mr. Bayley

The following table shows the number of families with less than contemporary half average income that receive Social Security benefits which account for more than 50 per cent. of their gross income. The figures come from Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series and cover the period up to and including financial year 1998–99 for Great Britain. Figures for 1999–2000 are not available.