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Income Support

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of claimants aged 60 years or over who will become eligible for income support as a result of the increase in the capital limit to £3,000.

The capital limit for income support is to be increased from £3,000 to £6,000. It is estimated that 10,000 people aged over 60 will receive income support as a result of this increase.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the number of claimants of income support who will be entitled to (i) the pensioner premium, (ii) the higher pensioner premium and (iii) the severe disability premium.

The information is as follows:

Number
(i) Pensioner premium1,120,000
(ii) Higher pensioner premium595,000
(iii) Severe disability premium7,000