HC Deb 06 February 1986 vol 91 cc212-3W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) where financial savings to be made as a result of the proposal that social security recipients should pay 20 per cent. of their rates will be shown in the national accounts;

(2) if the transitional protection provisions for supplementary benefit recipients in April 1988 will cover their extra expenditure in having to meet 20 per cent. of their rates bill;

(3) if the transitional protection in his proposed reforms of social security covers the 20 per cent. contribution to local rates.

Mr. Newton

As the White Paper made clear in paragraphs 3.54–3.57, and as my right hon. Friend stated to the House on Second Reading of the Social Security Bill on 28 January at column 829 the proposed social security structure will have to be developed in the light of discussions on the recent Green Paper on local government finance. The transitional protection arrangements described in paragraphs 3.44 and 3.89 of the White Paper refer to weekly cash payments of supplementary benefit/ income support and FIS/family credit, not to housing benefit including rate rebates. Any reduction in rate rebates appears in the national accounts as an increase in rates payable; they are not shown as a separate item.

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