HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 c556W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give a table for the income support personal allowances for(a) a single person aged 18–24 years, (b) a single person aged 25 years plus and (c) a couple without children, showing (i) the illustrative figures in the technical annex to the 1985 White Paper, (ii) the illustrative figures uprated by the ROSSI index since then, (iii) the amount provided to compensate for the exclusion of 20 per cent. at rates from housing benefit and (iv) the personal allowances for April 1990.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The information requested is in the table:

Aged 18–24 single £ Aged 25 + single £ Couple, no children £
Technical annex to 1985 White Paper 24.00 30.60 48.00
Uprated by ROSSI1 28.28 36.06 56.56
Help towards 20 per cent, domestic rates from April 1988 1.00 1.30 1.30
Help towards 20 per cent, community charge from April 19892 1.15 1.30 2.30
April 1990 rates 28.80 36.70 57.60
1 Based on movement in the index of retail prices (less housing) between November 1985 and December 1989 (the latest date for which the index is available).
2 These amounts were introduced to coincide with the introduction of the community charge in Scotland in April 1989. They replaced the amounts previously included to help towards 20 per cent, of domestic rates but continue to provide help towards domestic rates for people in England and Wales.

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