§ Sir Thomas Arnold
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what date pensions and other benefits were indexed to prices instead of earnings; and whether this formula now applies to all benefits.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The Social Security Act 1980 introduced the principle that certain specified benefits should be uprated in line with prices rather than the higher of earnings or prices. The first uprating to follow this principle was in November 1980. The majority of contributory and disability benefits, including retirement pension, are statutorily uprated each year in line with prices. Most other benefits are reviewed annually in the same uprating.