HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 c801W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the estimated cost of income support for pensioners in(a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02; and what levels of take-up are assumed, as a percentage of beneficiaries and potential expenditure. [97554]

Mr. Rooker

The current forecasts of expenditure on income support for pensioners is given in the table. I shall make an announcement on our plans for a national programme to encourage take-up of the minimum income guarantee in due course.

£ million
1999–2000 4,033
2000–01 4,196
2001–02 4,407


These figures are consistent with the pre Budget Report 1999

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