§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what saving in the cost of child dependency additions will result from deferring entitlement from 28 to 52 weeks of incapacity, in 1995–96 and each subsequent year for which estimates are available; and what are the average numbers of families and children expected to be affected in each year.
§ Mr. Scott
The information is in the table:
1995–96 1996–97 Estimated Savings1 £5 million £5 million Estimated number of families affected2 10,000 10,000 Estimated number of children affected2 20,000 20,000 1 Estimates expressed in constant 1993–94 prices, rounded to the nearest £5 million, and are net of offsetting expenditure on income-related benefits. 2 Figures given are the average number of cases affected at a point in time in the years concerned, rounded to the nearest 10,000.