Mr. Ted Garrett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his latest estimate of the savings following the end of transitional protection payments since the last uprating of social security benefits.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Following this year's uprating, some people continue to receive income support and housing benefit transitional protection. The extra cost of paying income support transitional protection on top of uprated benefit income of all claimants is estimated at £100 million for 1989–90.
It is estimated that the annual expenditure on housing benefit transitional payments has reduced by about £3–2 million as a result of awards ending in April 1989 because of the flat rate reduction of £2.00.