The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1983-1987 Parliament

Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Pensions – 11 March 1987

Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Pensions on 11th March 1987.

Mr. Higgins Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the extra cost to public funds of increasing the national insurance pension to pensioners who have no other source of income by £1 per week.

Mr. Major No estimates are available of the number of pensioners with no income other than the basic pension. Most pensioners without income from other sources would qualify for supplementary benefit in addition to their basic pension, and for housing benefit if they were householders. The cost of increasing the basic pension by £1 for all single pensioners and by £1.60 for a married couple in 1987-88 would be about £450 million. This estimate does not take account of any savings on supplementary benefit or housing benefit.