§ 62. Mr. Tim Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by what percentage he estimates that social security benefits will, on average, have increased during the year from 1st August 1976 to 31st July 1977.
§ Mr. Deakins
The year from August 1976 to July 1977 includes the general uprating of benefits in November 1976, at which pensions and other long-term benefits rose by 15 per cent. for a single person and 15.6 per cent. for a married couple, and short-term benefits by 16.2 per cent. for a single person and 16.1 per cent. for a married couple.