Supplementary Benefit (Long-term Addition)

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1975.

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Photo of Ms Audrey Wise Ms Audrey Wise , Coventry South West 12:00 am, 25th March 1975

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what it would cost to reduce the waiting time for longterm addition to supplementary allowance from two years to one year for claimants with children.

Photo of Mr Alec Jones Mr Alec Jones , Rhondda

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. Corbett) on 6th March—[Vol. 887, c. 503]—the estimated cost for all eligible families with children would be about £7 million.

Photo of Ms Audrey Wise Ms Audrey Wise , Coventry South West

Will my hon. Friend acknowledge that two years is a long time for a family with children to be on the poverty line in view of the requirements of children's growth and development? In view of the importance placed by his hon. Friend at an earlier stage this afternoon on the reports of commissions of inquiry into industrial diseases, may I remind my hon. Friend that the Finer Commission of Inquiry reported on this point and recommended reduction of the waiting time?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

The hon. Lady is supplying information. The question was contained in the first part of her remarks.

Photo of Mr Alec Jones Mr Alec Jones , Rhondda

I assure my hon. Friend that we take very much to heart the point she makes regarding the needs of this group of people. That is why we have already said that consideration will be given to reducing the qualifying period, along with other improvements in supplementary benefits suggested in the Finer Report, as soon as resources permit.