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Water Charges: Low Incomes

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide additional assistance to (a) low income families and (b) pensioners to pay for water bills. (127968)

Since 1997 the Government have provided significant additional financial assistance to families and pensioners to help them meet all their living costs. Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit are the main tools for directing financial support to families. From April 2007, financial support for all two children families will be at least £1,570, with the poorest receiving £5,810.

From April, the basic state pension will increase by £3.05 to £87.30 a week, the biggest increase in the basic state pension since 2001; and the pension credit guarantee will see its biggest cash rise: by £5 to £119.05 a week for a single person and by £7.65 to £181.70 for a couple.