HC Deb 25 May 1988 vol 134 cc198-9W
Mr. Boswell

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated annual cost of abolishing the income limits for the various age allowances against income tax; and how many taxpayers would benefit respectively.

Mr. Norman Lamont

[holding answer 16 May 1988]: The full year cost of abolishing the aged income limit in 1988–89 would be about £190 million and about 750,000 single people and married couples would benefit. The estimates are based on a projection of the 1985–86 survey of personal incomes and are therefore provisional.

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