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Invalidity Benefit

Volume 983: debated on Thursday 24 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if invalidity benefit were liable to tax, what income tax would be paid in tax year 1980–81 by (a) a single person, (b) a married couple whose sole income consisted of (i) invalidity pension alone, (ii) invalidity pension together with the lower rate of invalidity allowance, (iii) invalidity pension with the middle rate of invalidity allowance and (iv) invalidity pension with the higher rate of invalidity allowance; and what income tax would be paid by the same categories if the uprating of invalidity pension in November were 16· per cent. and not 11½ per cent.;

(2) how many invalidity benefit claimants would ( a) be liable and ( b) not be liable for tax in the current financial year if the benefit were taxable.

I have been asked to reply.I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.