§ 50. Mr. Edwin Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the amount of money which was disregarded when calculating supplementary benefits paid to people over pension age was increased to £l; on what date it was further increased and by what amount; and, in each case, if he will give the present day value.
§ Mr. Orme
The amount of miscellaneous income to be disregaded in assessing supplementary benefit was set at £1 a week at the inception of the supplementary Benefit scheme in 83W November, 1966. The present equivalent would be £2.46. The disregard was increased to £4 in November 1975 for all income except occupational pensions and redundancy payments, the disregard for which remains at £1. The present equivalent of £4 in November 1975 would be £4.16.