§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update the answer he gave on 28 January, Official Report, column 433, outlining expenditure savings to the social security budget in respect of 1982–83.
§ Mr. Newton
The approximate effect on planned social security expenditure in 1982–83 which is expected to be about £32,000 million, of savings from social security changes made by the Government since 1979 is estimated to be of the following order:282W
£ million Social Security Act 1980 (i) Keeping pensions and long-term benefits in line with prices rather than with the higher of prices or earnings 500 (ii) Deferring uprating by two weeks 100 Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 (i) Five per cent. abatement (of UB, SB, MA, IB and IVB) 500 (ii) 'Freezing' Retirement Pensioners' Earnings rule (iii) Changes to 'waiting days' and linking (iv) Abolition of earnings related supplement (v) Abatement of unemployment benefit for occupational pensioners over 60 (vi) Reduction of supplementary benefit for strikers' families Social Security Act 1981 Recovery of 1 per cent. "overshoot" on social security benefits 200 Measures not requiring primary legislation Uprating national insurance child dependency additional by legal minimum 50 Changeover to four-weekly payment of child benefit 40 Cessation of child benefit for a young person starting work or a course, for example, under the youth opportunities programme 10 Change in the basis of uprating supplementary benefit (effective from week commencing 22 November 1982) 10