§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the reviews being undertaken on pensions, housing benefit and supplementary benefit to be completed.
§ Mr. Newton
We will be publishing our conclusions and proposals for change as soon as we are in a position to do so.
February 1974 scale-rates February 1974* scale-rates at 1984 values November 1984† scale-rates less specified sum £ £ £ Wife only 5.70 19.49 6.45 Wife plus one child under five years 7.75 26.51 16.05 Wife plus two children aged 11 years and 15 years 12.40 42.41 35.15 * Amounts increased in line with increases in the Retail Price Index (less housing costs) from February 1974 to November 1984. † Scale-rates effect from 26 November 1984 after deduction of the £16 specified sum.