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Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to uprate the basic state pensions for people over the age of 80 years.

Basic state pensions for those over 80 will be uprated next April in line with prices. In addition, expenditure on income-related benefits for pensioners over 80 and for disabled low-income pensioners will be increased by £60 million in a full year over and above the normal uprating.