§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security in what way the current level of income support takes account of the regional variation in increases in water and sewerage charges; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Burt
Income support is a national benefit and does not take direct account of regional variations in prices. Water and sewerage charges were included in the Rossi index used to uprate income support in April this year, and accordingly benefit rates now reflect more accurately movements in prices for these items.