§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has for uprating the age addition for retirement pensions; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Scott
We have no plans to uprate the age addition for retirement pensions. However, from April 1988, pensioners over 80 who are entitled to income support will receive premiums of £13.05 for a single pensioner and £18.60 for a couple. These premiums are respectively £2.40 and £2.35 more than those for younger pensioners. In this way, extra help will be directed to those who need it most.