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Social Security Policy

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the effect on inequality in the United Kingdom of his Government's social security policies. [3583]

Analysis by the Central Statistical Office, based on the family expenditure survey, shows that the tax and benefits systems help to reduce the gap between the bottom and top fifth of the income distribution—by more than four fifths of its original size.

[Redistribution of Income (1993)—annual CSO article last published 30 December 1994].