HC Deb 16 April 1985 vol 77 cc157-8W
Mr. Lord

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how he proposes to use the regulation making powers in clause 7 of the Social Security Bill to provide an earnings test for dependency increases to invalidity benefit and retirement pension.

Mr. Newton

We propose that an adult dependency increase will be available if the weekly earnings of the beneficiary's spouse do not exceed the personal rate of unemployment benefit, currently £28.45. The test will be common to men and women and will apply to invalidity pension, retirement pension, severe disablement allowance and unemployability supplement with industrial disablement benefit. Existing beneficiaries will not lose as they will be protected by a transitional provision.