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Departmental Priorities

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the current priorities of his Department. [3591]

  • to focus benefits on the most needy;
  • to improve incentives to work and save;
  • to encourage personal responsibility;
  • to bear down on fraud and abuse;
  • to simplify the benefits and contributions systems; and
  • to ensure that the social security system does not outstrip the nation's ability to pay.