To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the real increase in value of the invalidity pension since 1979.
The available information is as follows:
|November 1979 rates in cash||23·30||—|
|April 1990 rate in cash||46·90||—|
|Per cent. change in real terms||—||-3·1|
|Per cent. change between uprating periods November 1978–79 to April 1989–90||—||5·4|
(i) The figures relate to basic invalidity pension. In addition a claimant may be entitled to Invalidity Allowance and/or Additional Pension.
(ii) The percentage change between uprating periods is calculated as the percentage change in the average real value of benefits during the uprating periods April 1989 to April 1990, as compared to the period November 1978 to November 1979.