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Social Security Upratings

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the annualised notional provision made for poll tax in the April 1989 social security upratings.

The amounts included in income support levels in April 1989 provided help during 1989–90 towards the community charge in Scotland and domestic rates in England and Wales. They were equivalent to 20 per cent. of an annual payment of £229 for single people aged 18 to 24 and for each member of a couple, and £338 for single people aged 25 or over. Following the general uprating of benefits in April 1990, the equivalent figures for 1990–91 are £315 and £356 respectively. This gives a weighted average for all income support beneficiaries of £340, which may be compared with an average community charge liability for claimants in Great Britain of £340, after transitional relief.