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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average percentage increase was in net income in the UK over the past three years; and what the rate of inflation was over the same period. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking (a) what the average percentage increase was in net income in the UK over the past three years and (b) what the rate of inflation was over the same period, (34678)
(a) It has been assumed that the question relates to gross disposable income of the household sector. The latest information available for gross disposable income is for the second quarter of 20057 (2005Q2). The growth in this series over the three years to 2005Q2 was 12.4%; equivalent to an average of 4.0% per annum.
The series quoted is gross disposable income for the combined household and non-profit institutions, serving-households (NPISH) sectors. The accounts for the household and NPISH sectors are currently combined; separate estimates are not available.
The figures are published each month on the National Statistics website, www.statistics.gov.uk, in a First Release, on a Tuesday about a month, after the index date. The publication dates are announced six months in advance.
The-figures for the last three years are shown in full in Annex A. Figures are presented for both the CPI and the RPI. Monthly figures and the most recently available annual averages for the last three years are presented.
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Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has given to financial institutions on the acceptability of interim death certificates in permitting access by next-of-kin to funds held in the name of the deceased. 
Dawn Primarolo: No guidance has been given to financial institutions by the Treasury on the acceptability of interim death certificates in permitting access by next-of-kin to funds held in the name of the deceased.
Measures announced at this PBR, will facilitate an expansion in the use of credit unions among individuals and families on low incomes. In particular, the maximum rate that credit unions can charge on loans will be increased from 1 per cent. a month to 2 per cent. a month.
The Government have also announced changes that will enable credit unions to offer cash ISAs to their members. This follows changes announced at Budget 2005 to allow credit unions to offer child trust fund accounts. These measures complement a £36 million growth fund for credit unions and other community-based lenders, announced at PBR 2004, and to be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions from mid-2006.
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