HC Deb 17 December 1996 vol 287 cc535-6W
Mrs. Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the current amount for water bills allowed for in assessments of benefit entitlement; and by how much it has increased since 1994. [9181]

Mr. Burt

Social security benefits do not identify separate amounts for specific expenditure items. Benefit levels are considered for uprating each year and we seek to take account of all relevant factors including water costs as part of that exercise.