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State Retirement Pensions (Cost Of Living Increases)

Volume 983: debated on Tuesday 29 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from retirement pensioners' organisations concerning the frequency of payment of cost of living increases in respect of State retirement pensions; what reply he sent; and if he will make a statement.

From time to time organisations representing pensioners have asked that State retirement pensions should be up-rated more frequently—twice yearly is the most common suggestion. Considerations of cost, however, both in respect of benefit and administration, preclude this.