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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the cost of equalising short-term and long-term supplementary benefits.

Leaving out of account the cost of paying benefit to people who would become entitled to supplementary benefit on account of such an increase, but assuming that children's rates were increased by the same proportion as would be needed to increase the adult rates to the long-term rates, about £340 million annually.