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Benefits (Review)

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now set out in detail the conclusions of his review in 1976–77 of national insurance benefits under Section 125 of the Social Security Act 1975.

The purpose of a review under Section 125(1) of the Social Security Act 1975 is to determine whether the rates of the benefits referred to in that subsection have retained their value in relation to the general level of earnings or prices. At the review carried out in the tax year 1976–77 my right hon. Friend determined that those rates had not so retained their value. Accordingly he will be laying before Parliament in due course a draft uprating order as required by Section 125(3) of the Act.