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Disablement Benefits

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what will be the estimated cost of uprating social security benefits for disabled people in the United Kingdom; and what proportion of the social security budget the uprating in benefits for the disabled will take up.

The estimated cost of the April 1990 uprating of benefits for the long-term sick and disabled in Great Britain is £599 million in 1990–91. This represents 1·1 per cent. of total planned expenditure.Information about costs of benefit in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.