Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Unclaimed Benefits on 9th June 1986.
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the amount of social security benefits left unclaimed on an annual basis, distinguishing between the main benefits.
Mr. Major The following table sets out the latest available published figures:
Benefit | Year | Amount unclaimed in £ million
Supplementary Benefit | 1981 | 760
Family Income Supplement | 1981-82 | 57
One Parent Benefit 1982-83 | 18
First estimates of unclaimed housing benefits, and further estimates for supplementary benefit, family income supplement and one parent benefit, will be available shortly.