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Benefits

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be (a) the first year and (b) the full year cost of raising one-parent benefit and widowed mother's allowance by 32p, (i) for 1991–92 and (ii) 1992–93, (1) including increases in means-tested benefits and (2) without increases in means-tested benefits, in Great Britain.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be (a) the first year and (b) the full-year cost of raising one-parent benefit and widowed mother's allowance by (i) £0·34 and (ii) £0·36 for (1) 1991–92 and (2) 1992–93, (x) including increases in means-tested benefits, and (y) without increases in means-tested benefits, in Great Britain.

[holding answer 16 December 1991]: The cost of increasing these benefits by these amounts for each week in 1991–92 and 1992–93 is given in the table:

£ million
1991–921992–93
32 pence per week
(1) Including increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit2324
Widowed mother's allowance11
(2) Excluding increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit78
Widowed mother's allowance11
34 pence per week
(1) Including increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit2425
Widowed mother's allowance11
(2) Excluding increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit88
Widowed mother's allowance11
36 pence per week
(1) Including increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit2527
Widowed mother's allowance11
(2) Excluding increases in income related benefits
One parent benefit89
Widowed mother's allowance11

Note:

The first year benefit cost is the same in this case as the full-year cost for 1991–92.