HC Deb 16 January 1992 vol 201 cc634-5W
Mr. Foulkes

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to review the notional amount for heating costs included in income support.

Miss Widdecombe

Benefit rates are not composed of set amounts for specific expenditure items. In April 1992 income support will rise by 7 per cent., nearly 3 per cent. more than the retail prices index for the corresponding period. Those over 80, and younger disabled pensioners, will receive further additions over and above this rise.