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Income Support

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the total number of income support claimants who continue to receive transitional addition; and what proportion of these are pensioners.

I regret that the information requested is not available. Based on the May 1988 annual statistical inquiry an estimated 570,000 income support claimants were receiving a transitional addition immediately after the April 1989 annual benefit uprating, of whom an estimated 255,000 were aged 60 or over.