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Benefits Rules: Personal Income

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what process is used to determine the minimum income required for the purposes of setting benefit levels. (139047)

The Government take into account a number of factors when reviewing benefit rates each year, the most important of which is the level of inflation. For some years, income related benefits have been increased by the Rossi index, which is based on the retail prices index and reflects the costs of living increases for people living on these benefits. Other benefits are increased in line with the retail prices index.