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Young Claimants

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the additional annual cost to the Exchequer of providing income support for 16 and 17-year-olds at the same rates as (a) 18 to 24-year-olds and (b) people aged 25 years and over.

Based on caseload information for 1990, the best available estimate of the cost of increasing the rate of income support for 16 and l7-year-olds who satisfy current entitlement conditions is around an annual £50 million if the rate paid to 16 to 17-year-olds is increased to that paid to 18 to 24-year-olds, and around £170 million if the rate is increased to the full adult rate. Increasing the rate paid to 16 to 17-year-olds to the full adult rate would require that the rate paid to 18 to 24-year-olds be increased to the same figure, at an additional estimated cost of £280 million; or a total cost of £450 million.