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Social Security Expenditure

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the current real rate of growth of social security spending and what were the figures in 1992–93. [3584]

Social security spending has grown on average by almost 5 per cent. a year faster than inflation since the welfare state was established. Over the next three years it is expected to grow by just over 1 per cent. a year.