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Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all those benefits for which he is responsible, and indicate in each case by how much they would need to be increased to maintain their April 1979 value.

Most benefits have more than retained their real value. The following table compares the present rates of social security benefits and war pensions for a single person with the levels at April 1979. The revaluation assumes a 12 per cent. increase in prices over the 12 months ended November 1981.

BenefitNovember 1981 rateApril 1979 rate at assumed November 1981 prices
Attendance allowance
—Higher rate23·6522·36
—Lower rate15·7514·91
Child benefit (per child)5·255·73
Child's special allowance7·709·10
Death grant30·0043·00
Family income supplement (prescribed for one child family)74·0065·93
Guardian's allowance7·709·10
Industrial injury benefit25·526·51
Industrial death benefit
—First 26 weeks41·4039·13
—Higher permanent rate30·1528·74
—Lower permanent rate8·888·38
Industrial disablement benefit (100 per cent, assessment)48·3045·72
Invalid care allowance17·7516·77
Invalidity pension28·3527·95
Maternity allowance22·5022·57
Maternity grant25·0035·83
Mobility allowance16·5014·33
Non-contributory Invalidity pension17·7516·77
Non-contributory retirement pension
One-parent benefit3·302·87
Retirement pension29·6027·95
Sickness benefit22·5022·57
Supplementary allowance Ordinary weekly scale rate single householder23·2522·29
Long-term weekly scale rate single householder29·6028·52
Supplementary pension—single householder29·6028·52
Unemployment benefit22·5022·57
War disablement pension (100 per cent, for private)48·3045·72
War Widow's pension —standard rate for private's widow38·4536·26
Widow's allowance41·4039·13
Widowed mother's allowance29·6027·95
Widow's pension