To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide a breakdown of the extra £220 million to be spent in income support in 1988–89 after transitional protection, referred to in the Official Report of 19 November 1987, column 1250, into claimant groups (a) including and (b) excluding compensation for the 20 per cent. contribution to rates.
The breakdown of the extra £220 million is as follows:
|Extra spending (£million)|
|Pensioners age 80+||+20|
|Pensioners age 60–79||+30|
|Sick or disabled||+50|
|Couples with children||+50|
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many disabled pensioners currently receiving supplementary benefit who will not qualify for the higher pensioner premium will receive transitional protection under the structural reform of social security benefits.
The information is not available in the form requested. All claimants aged 80 or more will receive the higher pension premium, as will an estimated 130,000 claimants aged between 60 and 79 years. A total of 380,000 pensioners aged less than 80 who will not qualify for the higher penioner premium will receive transitional protection, but this protection will not always arise from needs associated with disablement; other factors are involved. We will look again at the detail of the premiums for disabled people when the results of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' survey are known.