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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on the Family Income Supplement

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on the Family Income Supplement on 23rd February 1987.


Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest estimate of the number claiming family income supplement.

Mr. Major At May 1986, the latest date for which information is available, there were 202,000 families receiving family income supplement.

Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many family income supplement claimants are currently paying (a) income tax and (b) national insurance contributions.

Mr. Major At April 1986 there were a total of 200,000 families in receipt of family income supplement and of those 138,000 were paying income tax and 188,000 were paying national insurance contributions.

Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the percentage of family income supplement claimants paying (a) tax and national insurance and (b) national insurance only.

Mr. Major At April 1986 there were a total of 200,000 families in receipt of family income supplement and of those 69 per cent, were paying both tax and national insurance contributions and 25 per cent, were paying national insurance contributions only.