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Pensions

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 11 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what has been the total cost of paying retirement pensions in each year since 1980;(2) what would have been the total cost of paying retirement pensions in each year since 1980, had pensions been uprated in line with the higher of earnings or movements in the retail prices index in each year concerned.

Year

Cash expenditure £ million

Estimated cash expenditure if pensions increased by higher of prices or earnings £ million

1980–8110,52610,532
1981–8212,12612,326
1982–8313,54913,859
1983–8414,61314,963
1984–8515,26816,138
1985–8616,58417,604
1986–8717,77918,719
1987–8818,64821,398
1988–8919,23722,817
1989–9020,80224,972

Net income at which full community charge becomes payable

Annual charge

Weekly charge

Maximum 80 per cent. rebate

(i) Single under 25 working

(ii) Single over 25 working

(iii) Single aged 60–74

(iv) Single aged 75–79

(v) Single over 80

(vi) Married couple working

310·005·954·7662·2170·1176·9179·5182·16127·72
320·006·144·9163·2471·1477·9480·5483·19129·77
325·006·234·9963·7571·6578·4581·0583·70130·79
345·006·625·2965·7973·6980·4983·0985·74134·88
355·006·815·4566·8274·7281·5284·1286·77136·93
360·006·905·5267·3375·2382·0384·6387·28137·95
385·007·385·9169·8977·7984·5987·1989·84143·06
390·007·485·9870·4078·3085·1087·7090·35144·09
415·007·966·3772·9580·8587·6590·2592·90149·20
420·008·056·4473·4781·3788·1790·7793·42150·22
430·008·256·6074·4982·3989·1991·7994·44152·27
435·008·346·6775·0082·9089·7092·3094·95153·29
440·008·446·7575·5183·4190·2192·8195·46154·32

(vii) Couple, two children under 11, working

(viii) Couple, child under 11 and one aged 11–15, working

(ix) Couple under 75

(x) Lone parent, one child under 11, working

(zi) Lone parent, two children under 11, working

159·77165·67135·67109·51121·86
161·82167·72137·72110·54122·89
162·84168·74138·74111·05123·40
166·93172·83142·83113·09125·44
168·98174·88144·88114·12126·47
170·00175·90145·90114·63126·98
175·11181·01151·01117·19129·54
176·14182·04152·04117·70130·05
181·25187·15157·15120·25132·60
182·27188·17158·17120·77133·12
184·32190·22160·22121·79134·14
185·34191·24161·24122·30134·65
186·37192·27162·27122·81135·16