Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit on 18th April 1986.
Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many claims to supplementary benefit have been registered by young people at school studying for examinations during the summer term.
Mr. Major This information is not available. Other than in exceptional circumstances, young people who are still attending school, as opposed to those who have left but still have exams to take, are unlikely to qualify for supplementary benefit.
Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he intends to produce an updated form FB20 on “Leaving School? A Pocket Guide to Social Security”.
Mr. Major Leaflet FB20 is currently under review, and a revised version will be issued in due course.
Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many circulars outlining the rights of young people to supplementary benefit while they take their examinations have been produced following the commissioners’ decision on this subject; and to whom they have been sent.
Mr. Major Two S circulars were issued following the commissioners’ decision on the entitlement of young people to supplementary benefit while they take their examinations. These circulars were sent in the normal way to DHSS local and regional offices, to the House of Commons Library, and to members of the public who subscribe to the S manual and circulars.