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Heating Allowance (Supplementary Benefit Recipients)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will consider raising the maximum heating allowance for people receiving supplementary benefit.

The rates of heating additions, which are a matter for the Supplementary Benefits Commission were last increased in November 1978 and the highest standard rate is currently £2·55 a week. Local officers have discretion to pay more than the standard rates where circumstances justify this.