HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 cc482-3W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list all the changes to(a) national insurance benefits and (b) means-tested benefits since 1987, with (i) numbers affected, (ii) additional expenditure, (iii) additional savings and (iv) net cost of each change.

Mr. Scott

It is not possible to collate simply, and on a common basis in the way requested, the effects of a complex succession of interacting benefit changes. In particular the introduction of income support, family credit and the new housing benefit scheme was a major structural reform and the effect of these changes cannot be simply stated: information about the structural effects was provided by the illustrative figures published in the booklet "Impact of the reformed structure of income-related benefits", a copy of which is in the Library. Other details of these and other major benefit changes are published in the public expenditure White Papers for the relevant years.

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