HC Deb 02 November 1992 vol 213 c95W
22. Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the level of Government pensioner provision for those over 80 years and for disabled pensioners.

Miss Widdecombe

Older and disabled pensioners have gained considerably from benefit increases. Since the 1988 reforms this group alone has received £360 million per year over and above normal upratings. This demonstrates our commitment to help those pensioners most in need.

Mr. Michael

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what fresh initiatives he proposes to introduce to safeguard the means of older people who lack a private income or personal pension other than the state pension and benefits.

Miss Widdecombe

Premiums for pensioners receiving income-related benefits were increased last month. Since 1989, these pensioners have received nearly £700 million a year above the normal uprating. We remain committed to safeguarding their interests.