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Minimum Income Guarantee

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional money poorer pensioners are gaining through the minimum income guarantee above what they would have gained if the income support rates of 1997 had been increased only in line with earnings. [107189]

The information is in the following table.

Table 1: MIG rates payable from April 2003 compared to the rates that would have been payable if the income support rates had been increased only in line with earnings
£ per week
Age and Family StatusActual rates payable from April 2003April 2003 rates if increased by earnings since 1997Difference
Single
60–74102.1088.5513.55
75–79102.1091.3510.75
80+102.1097.454.65
Couple
60–74155.80137.4518.35
75–79155.80141.5014.30
80+155.80148.207.60

Notes:

1. Earnings increases based on GB Average Earnings Index, whole economy, 3 month seasonally adjusted average for May to July.
2. Income Support was replaced by the Minimum Income Guarantee in April 1999

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, November 2002.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Leeds West are in receipt of the minimum income guarantee. [107972]

As at November 2002 there were 3,700 people receiving the Minimum Income Guarantee in the Leeds West constituency.

*Source:
Income Support quarterly statistical enquiry. November 02.