HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 c66W
Mr. John

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the latest figures for the numbers of retirement pensioners in receipt (a) of a supplementary pension and (b) of rent or rate rebates; and what would be the extra cost of paying to everyone in these categories a heating allowance equal to twice the lower rate heating addition now payable with supplementary benefit.

Mr. Rossi

In December 1980, about 1.7 million retirement pensioners were receiving a supplementary pension and about two million a rent or a rate rebate. The additional cost of paying everyone in each of these categories a heating addition equal to twice the existing lower rate heating addition would be about £120 million and £340 million a year respectively.