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Tuesday, 15 April 1980
Page: 1453


Senator Grimes asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 18 March 1980:

(   1 ) Does the Department of Social Security keep records which would enable it to find out how many members of a family living at the same address receive unemployment benefits, and what are the family relationships of those people.

(2)   Does the Department at this stage know how many families with an unemployed breadwinner and unemployed children receiving benefits, live at the same address.


Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The Department of Social Security is able to use its computer records to identify clients living at one address but this would not establish relationships. A manual check of individual claims could be a means of identifying some family relationships.

(2)   No.







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