§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what number and proportion of his Department's work force, including its agencies, have recourse to means-tested benefit top-ups.350W
§ Mr. Jack
On 31 October 1991, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 684 families receiving family credit where the main earner or their partner was a member of staff of the Department of Social Security. Staff might have an entitlement to housing benefit and community charge benefit, but as these benefits are administered by local authorities, figures for the numbers of departmental staff receiving them are not available.
§ Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many families with children will be brought into means-tested benefits in 1992–93 as a result of the benefit uprating statement of 21 October 1991.
§ Mr. Jack
Estimates of those unable to receive income-related benefits immediately before the uprating, but who could qualify for awards, often for very small amounts, as a result of the statement are as follows:
Number Income Support 15,000 Community Charge Benefit 25,000 Housing Benefit 5,000 Family Credit 70,000
These figures are rounded to the nearest 5,000 benefit units and are derived from modelling using data drawn from the 1986–87–88 family expenditure surveys.