§ 1970. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the percentage increase in the State retirement pension and the pensioners' price index since (a) 1979, (b) 1974 and (c)
§ Mr. Rossi
The requested information is shown in the following table.
Percentage increase in single person's retirement pension up to November 1981 Percentage increase in Index for one-person pensioner house-holds up to November 1981† (a) from November 1979 27 27 (b) from July 1974 196 180 (c) from November 1969* 492 350
* There was no pensions uprating in 1970. It is customary to compare pension rates at the date of their introduction with comparable price indices, hence 1969 is used and not 1970.
† This index is published quarterly. The percentages in this column are based on the index for the quarter July-September for 1974 and the October-December quarters for 1969 and 1979.