§ Mr. Terry Fields
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he intends increasing in the November uprating the £1 available scale margin, which is offset against weekly additions by virtue of regulation 11(2)a of the Supplementary Benefit (Requirement) Regulations 1983; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 24 February at columns680–81 the details of the uprating which will take place this year in July. It is not intended to make any change in the level of the available scale margin.