HC Deb 05 July 1978 vol 953 cc225-6W

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to reduce the waiting period between the announcement of and the implementation of a pensions increase.


Pensions have to be up-rated with the other social security benefits, with which they have a close relation ship. In particular, about 1.7 million pensioners also receive supplementary benefit. A lengthy period between the announcement of an uprating and the effective date is required because it is necessary to determine the new supplementary benefit rates individually.

A project is being undertaken to computerise as much as possible of this work but it is unlikely to be completed during the next few years.