§ Mr. Bowden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the earnings limit of £45 a week for dependent wives of retirement and invalidity pensioners is to increase in November by the same amount as the earnings limit for retirement pensioners.
§ Mr. Rossi
No. The two rules serve different purposes and the intention is to maintain the rule for dependants of retirement and invalidity pensioners at its present level until it again represents a reasonable test of dependency. The level of earnings at which a dependency addition is completely extinguished does of course go up as benefit rates increase, and the level will from November be £66.70 for retirement pensioners and £65.85 for invalidity pensioners.