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Written Statements

Monday 12 December 2011

Armed Forces: Accommodation

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): My right honourable friend the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Mr Robathan) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Following a review into support provided to senior officers, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disestablished the status of official service residence this financial year.

The MoD is committed to identifying efficiencies and savings where possible whilst maintaining essential operational capability. As part of this commitment a comprehensive review into the support provided to senior officers has been conducted and concluded that areas of the business could be improved by simplifying the management of service families' accommodation and by harmonising the support provided to senior officers across defence.

In the past, a number of service properties were granted official service residence status if the post held by the occupant involved significant official entertaining duties. This status conferred an enhanced package of furniture, fixtures and furnishings for that property which has now been discontinued so service families accommodation is now all managed to the same standard. In addition, the support provided to more senior officers, such as domestic assistance for official hospitality, has been reduced and harmonised across the services. These changes are captured in a new tri-service policy which also revises the rules and regulations in relation to official hospitality.

These measures will ensure that the support provided is appropriate and driven by business need, and they will lead to savings in due course. The properties which were formerly classed as official service residences will no longer form a separate grouping for purposes of management information.

Banks: Green Investment Bank

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Vince Cable) has today made the following Statement.

On 24 May 2011, I made an oral statement setting out the Government's plans for a Green Investment Bank (GIB). I explained that establishing an effective, enduring GIB would be a major undertaking and gave a commitment to update the House on further milestones in future.

The Government have made significant progress towards the establishment of an independent GIB, which will be a key component of the UK's transition to a green economy. As I explained in May, the

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Government will need to ensure that the GIB complies with state aid rules. We have had a constructive dialogue with the European Commission and are now in a position to formally notify our proposals. The Government will be seeking a broad remit for the GIB, including approval to make investments on commercial terms across the full spectrum of the green economy. Where we are seeking scope for the GIB to provide finance on state aided terms, we have developed strong evidence that such aid is necessary in the particular sector concerned and that this will not unduly distort competition or interstate trade.

It will be important that GIB is in a position to be fully operational as soon as possible after state aid approval. I therefore intend to form the company shortly and to begin the formal recruitment process for the board and senior management team next month, with a view to appointing the chair in spring 2012.

The Bank will operate independently from Government, but will agree its strategic priorities with the Government for each spending review period. Subject to approval by the European Commission, we have identified the following priority sectors over the spending review period to 2015-16:

offshore wind power generation;

commercial and industrial waste processing and recycling;energy from waste generation, including gasification, pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion for the production of heat and/ or power;non-domestic energy efficiency, including onsite renewable energy generation and heat; andsupport for the green deal.

At least 80 per cent of the funds committed by the bank over the spending review period will be invested in these priority sectors.

As I explained in May, the initial capitalisation of the GIB will be £3 billion. From 2015, the GIB will be given powers to borrow, subject to public sector net debt falling as a percentage of GDP. The GIB will work to a double bottom line of both achieving significant environmental impact and making financial returns. Potential investments will be assessed against the following objectives:

green impact-accelerating investment to advance the UK's transition towards a green economy, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving resource efficiency; and protecting and enhancing the natural environment and biodiversity, which includes improving water and air quality, reducing noise pollution and improving land use amenity; sound finances-deploying capital and expertise as a responsible investor and managing risks to achieve positive portfolio returns and, in so doing, preserving and building its capital base as an institution with enduring green impact; andadditionality-operating alongside other market participants in response to market failures, leveraging their capabilities where appropriate, to introduce and mobilise additional investment and achieve green impact.

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There has been considerable interest in the location of the GIB, with around 20 locations expressing interest to date. The Government welcome this, and are committed to an open and transparent process for deciding the location of the GIB. I have today published a document setting out details of the process that will be followed and the criteria which I will be taking into account in reaching my decision on location. The document also provides information about the likely structure of the GIB, and explains that it is expected to have between 50 and 70 staff in the period to 2015. Copies of the document have been placed in the House Libraries and will be available to download on the BIS website. I intend to announce my decision on the bank's location in February 2012.

I announced in May that Sir Adrian Montague had agreed to chair an Advisory Group, comprising independent finance experts, to advise Government on the setting up and strategic direction of the new institution. I appointed nine other members in August, and the group has met three times. Its advice has greatly contributed to the progress made towards establishment of the GIB, particularly in relation to the detailed drafting of the GIB's strategic priorities.

It is however clear that, in advance of state aid approval for the GIB, we need to take immediate action to accelerate private sector investment in the UK's transition to a green economy. I have therefore set up a new team within my department to drive investment in the UK's green infrastructure from April 2012. The team, which will be called UK Green Investments, will be staffed by finance professionals, whose track records are widely known and respected in the City.

Drawing on funding of £775 million for the next financial year, UKGI will invest up to £100 million in commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects and will stand ready to make major co-investments with private finance in offshore wind projects. UKGI is also seeking managers for up to £100 million to invest in waste projects and is now calling for expressions of interest from experienced fund managers in the waste infrastructure sector.

The Government will make investments during this period under Section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982. I have established an Investment Committee, including members of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, to advise me on investment proposals made by UKGI.

Benefits

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Steve Webb) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am pleased to announce the proposed social security benefits rates for 2012, which are set out in the table below. The annual up-rating of benefits will take place for state pensions and most other benefits in the first

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full week of the tax year. In 2012, this will be the week beginning 9 April. A corresponding provision will be made in Northern Ireland.



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Rates 2011Rates 2012
(Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Attendance Allowance

higher rate

73.60

77.45

lower rate

49.30

51.85

Bereavement Benefit

Bereavement payment (lump sum)

2000.00

2000.00

Widowed parent's allowance

100.70

105.95

Bereavement Allowance

standard rate

100.70

105.95

age-related

Age 54

93.65

98.53

53

86.60

91.12

52

79.55

83.70

51

72.50

76.28

50

65.46

68.87

49

58.41

61.45

48

51.36

54.03

47

44.31

46.62

46

37.26

39.20

45

30.21

31.79

Capital Limits - rules common to Income Support, income based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit unless stated otherwise

upper limit

16000.00

16000.00

upper limit - Pension Credit guarantee credit and those getting Housing Benefit /Council Tax Benefit and Pension Credit guarantee credit

No limit

No limit

Amount disregarded - all benefits except Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit for those above the qualifying age for Guarantee Credit

6000.00

6000.00

Amount disregarded - Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Pension Credit

10000.00

10000.00

child disregard (not Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance)

3000.00

3000.00

amount disregarded (living in RC/NH)

10000.00

10000.00

Tariff income

£1 for every £250, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit

Tariff income - Pension Credit and HB/CTB where claimant/ partner is over Guarantee Credit qualifying age

£1 for every £500, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit

Carer's Allowance

55.55

58.45

Council Tax Benefit

Personal allowances

single

18 to 24

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

entitled to main phase ESA

67.50

71.00

lone parent

67.50

71.00

couple

105.95

111.45

dependent children

62.33

64.99

pensioner

single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65.

137.35

142.70

couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65

209.70

217.90

single/lone parent - 65 and over

157.90

161.25

couple-one or both 65 and over

236.80

241.65

Premiums

family

17.40

17.40

family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

disability

single

28.85

30.35

couple

41.10

43.25

enhanced disability

single

14.05

14.80

disabled child

21.63

22.89

couple

20.25

21.30

severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (lower rate)

55.30

58.20

couple (higher rate)

110.60

116.40

disabled child

53.62

56.63

carer

31.00

32.60

ESA components

work-related activity

26.75

28.15

support

32.35

34.05

Alternative maximum Council Tax Benefit

second adult on IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) or Pension Credit

25% of Council Tax

25% of Council Tax

first adult(s) student(s) second adult's gross income

100% of Council Tax

100% of Council Tax

- under £180.00

15% of Council Tax

15% of Council Tax

- £180.00 to £234.99

7.5% of Council Tax

7.5% of Council Tax

Deductions - rules common to Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council tax benefit unless stated otherwise

Non-dependant deductions from housing benefit and from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit

aged 25 and over in receipt of IS and JSA(IB) , in receipt of main phase ESA(IR), aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work

9.40

11.45

aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

- gross income: less than £124.00

9.40

11.45

- gross income: £124 to £182.99

21.55

26.25

- gross income: £183 to £237.99

29.60

36.10

- gross income: £238 to £315.99

48.45

59.05

- gross income: £316 to £393.99

55.20

67.25

- gross income: £394 and above

60.60

73.85

Non-dependant deductions from council tax benefit aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

- gross income: £394 or more

8.60

9.90

- gross income: £316 - £393.99

7.20

8.25

- gross income: £183 - £315.99

5.70

6.55

- gross income less than £183

2.85

3.30

others, aged 18 or over

2.85

3.30

Deductions from housing benefit

Service charges for fuel

heating

21.55

25.50

hot water

2.50

2.95

lighting

1.75

2.05

cooking

2.50

2.95

Amount ineligible for meals

three or more meals a day

single claimant

24.05

25.30

each person in family aged 16 or over

24.05

25.30

each child under 16

12.15

12.80

less than three meals a day

single claimant

16.00

16.85

each person in family aged 16 or over

16.00

16.85

each child under 16

8.05

8.45

breakfast only - claimant and each member of the family

2.95

3.10

Amount for personal expenses (not HB/CTB)

22.60

23.25

Third party deductions from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit for;

arrears of housing, fuel and water costs council tax etc. and deductions for ELDS and ILS.

3.40

3.55

child support, contribution towards maintenance (CTM)

standard deduction

6.80

7.10

lower deduction

3.40

3.55

arrears of Community Charge

court order against claimant

3.40

3.55

court order against couple

5.30

5.60

fine or compensation order

standard rate

5.00

5.00

lower rate

3.40

3.55

Maximum deduction rates for recovery of overpayments (not CTB/JSA(C)/ESA(C)) ordinary overpayments

10.20

10.65

where claimant convicted of fraud

13.60

17.75

Deductions from JSA(C) and ESA (C)

Arrears of Comm. Charge, Council Tax, fines & overpayment recovery

Age 16 - 24

17.81

18.75

Age 25 +

22.50

23.66

Max. dedn for arrears of Child Maintenance (CTM)

Age 16 - 24

17.81

18.75

Age 25 +

22.50

23.66

Dependency Increases

Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after children - payable with;

State Pension on own insurance (Cat A or B)

58.80

61.85

long term Incapacity Benefit ISCS Group 13 Type 5

54.75

57.60

Severe Disablement Allowance

32.90

34.60

Carers Allowance

32.70

34.40

short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)

52.70

55.45

short-term Incapacity Benefit (under State Pension age)

42.65

44.85

Child Dependency Increases - payable with;

State Pension; Widowed Mothers/Parents Allowance; short-term Incapacity benefit - higher rate or over state pension age; long-term Incapacity Benefit; Carer's Allowance; Severe Disablement Allowance; Industrial Death Benefit (higher rate);

11.35

11.35

NB - The rate of child dependency increase is adjusted where it is payable for the eldest child for whom child benefit is also paid. The weekly rate in such cases is reduced by the difference (less £3.65) between the ChB rates for the eldest and subsequent children.

8.10

8.10

Disability Living Allowance

Care Component

Highest

73.60

77.45

Middle

49.30

51.85

Lowest

19.55

20.55

Mobility Component

Higher

51.40

54.05

Lower

19.55

20.55

Disregards

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

Earnings disregards

standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

couple

10.00

10.00

higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

lone parent

25.00

25.00

childcare charges

175.00

175.00

childcare charges (2 or more children)

300.00

300.00

permitted work higher

95.00

97.50

permitted work lower

20.00

20.00

Other Income disregards

adult maintenance disregard

15.00

15.00

war disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

widowed mothers/parents allowance

15.00

15.00

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

10.00

10.00

student loan

10.00

10.00

student's covenanted income

5.00

5.00

income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

additional earnings disregard

17.10

17.10

income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit

Earnings disregards

standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

couple

10.00

10.00

higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

Other Income disregards

war disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

widowed mothers/parents allowance

10.00

10.00

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

10.00

10.00

student loan (not Pension Credit)

10.00

10.00

student's covenanted income (not Pension Credit)

5.00

5.00

income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Earnings Rules

Carers Allowance

100.00

100.00

Limit of earnings from councillor's allowance

95.00

97.50

Permitted work earnings limit - higher

95.00

97.50

- lower

20.00

20.00

Industrial injuries unemployability supplement permitted earnings level (annual amount)

4940.00

5070.00

Earnings level at which adult dependency (ADI) increases are affected with:

short-term incapacity benefit where claimant is

(a) under state pension age

42.65

44.85

(b) over state pension age

52.70

55.45

state pension, long term incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, unemployability supplement - payable when dependant

(a) is living with claimant

67.50

71.00

(b) still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule

45.09

45.09

Earnings level at which ADI is affected when dependent is not living with claimant;

state pension,

58.80

61.85

long-term incapacity benefit,

54.75

57.60

unemployability supplement,

55.55

58.45

severe disablement allowance

32.90

34.60

Carers allowance

32.70

34.40

Earnings level at which child dependency increases are affected

for first child

205.00

215.00

additional amount for each subsequent child

27.00

28.00

Pension income threshold for incapacity benefit

85.00

85.00

Pension income threshold for contributory Employment Support Allowance

85.00

85.00

Employment and Support Allowance

Personal Allowances

Single

under 25

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

lone parent

under 18

53.45

56.25

18 or over

67.50

71.00

couple

both under 18

53.45

56.25

both under 18 with child

80.75

84.95

both under 18 (main phase)

67.50

71.00

both under 18 with child (main phase)

105.95

111.45

one 18 or over, one under 18 (certain conditions apply)

105.95

111.45

both over 18

105.95

111.45

claimant under 25, partner under 18

53.45

56.25

claimant 25 or over, partner under 18

67.50

71.00

claimant (main phase), partner under 18

67.50

71.00

Premiums

enhanced disability

single

14.05

14.80

couple

20.25

21.30

severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (lower rate)

55.30

58.20

couple (higher rate)

110.60

116.40

carer

31.00

32.60

pensioner

single with WRAC

43.10

43.55

single with support component

37.50

37.65

single with no component

69.85

71.70

couple with WRAC

77.00

78.30

couple with support component

71.40

72.40

couple with no component

103.75

106.45

Components

Work-related Activity

26.75

28.15

Support

32.35

34.05

Housing Benefit

Personal allowances

single

under 25

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

entitled to main phase ESA

67.50

71.00

lone parent

under 18

53.45

56.25

18 or over

67.50

71.00

entitled to main phase ESA

67.50

71.00

couple

both under 18

80.75

84.95

one or both 18 or over

105.95

111.45

claimant entitled to main phase ESA

105.95

111.45

dependent children

62.33

64.99

pensioner

single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65.

137.35

142.70

couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65

209.70

217.90

single / lone parent - 65 and over

157.90

161.25

couple - one or both 65 and over

236.80

241.65

Premiums

family

17.40

17.40

family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

disability

single

28.85

30.35

couple

41.10

43.25

enhanced disability

single

14.05

14.80

disabled child

21.63

22.89

couple

20.25

21.30

severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (lower rate)

55.30

58.20

couple (higher rate)

110.60

116.40

disabled child

53.62

56.63

carer

31.00

32.60

ESA components

work-related activity

26.75

28.15

support

32.35

34.05

Incapacity Benefit

Long-term Incapacity Benefit

94.25

99.15

Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)

lower rate

71.10

74.80

higher rate

84.15

88.55

Short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)

lower rate

90.45

95.15

higher rate

94.25

99.15

Increase of Long-term Incapacity Benefit for age

higher rate

13.80

11.70

lower rate

5.60

5.90

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)

higher rate

13.80

11.70

middle rate

7.10

5.90

lower rate

5.60

5.90

Income Support

Personal Allowances

single

under 25

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

lone parent

under 18

53.45

56.25

18 or over

67.50

71.00

couple

both under 18

53.45

56.25

both under 18 - higher rate

80.75

84.95

one under 18, one under 25

53.45

56.25

one under 18, one 25 and over

67.50

71.00

both 18 or over

105.95

111.45

dependent children

62.33

64.99

Premiums

family / lone parent

17.40

17.40

pensioner (applies to couples only)

103.75

106.45

disability

single

28.85

30.35

couple

41.10

43.25

enhanced disability

single

14.05

14.80

disabled child

21.63

22.89

couple

20.25

21.30

severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (lower rate)

55.30

58.20

couple (higher rate)

110.60

116.40

disabled child

53.62

56.63

carer

31.00

32.60

Relevant sum for strikers

36.00

38.00

Industrial Death Benefit

Widow's pension

higher rate

102.15

107.45

lower rate

30.65

32.24

Widower's pension

102.15

107.45

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

18 and over, or under 18 with dependants

100%

150.30

158.10

90%

135.27

142.29

80%

120.24

126.48

70%

105.21

110.67

60%

90.18

94.86

50%

75.15

79.05

40%

60.12

63.24

30%

45.09

47.43

20%

30.06

31.62

Under 18

100%

92.10

96.90

90%

82.89

87.21

80%

73.68

77.52

70%

64.47

67.83

60%

55.26

58.14

50%

46.05

48.45

40%

36.84

38.76

30%

27.63

29.07

20%

18.42

19.38

Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)

9980.00

10500.00

Unemployability Supplement

92.90

97.75

increase for early incapacity

higher rate

19.25

20.25

middle rate

12.40

13.00

lower rate

6.20

6.50

Maximum reduced earnings allowance

60.12

63.24

Maximum retirement allowance

15.03

15.81

Constant attendance allowance

exceptional rate

120.40

126.60

intermediate rate

90.30

94.95

normal maximum rate

60.20

63.30

part-time rate

30.10

31.65

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

60.20

63.30

Jobseeker's Allowance

Contribution based JSA - Personal rates

under 25

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

Income-based JSA - personal allowances

under 25

53.45

56.25

25 or over

67.50

71.00

lone parent

under 18

53.45

56.25

18 or over

67.50

71.00

couple

both under 18

53.45

56.25

both under 18 - higher rate

80.75

84.95

one under 18, one under 25

53.45

56.25

one under 18, one 25 and over

67.50

71.00

both 18 or over

105.95

111.45

dependent children

62.33

64.99

Premiums

family / lone parent

17.40

17.40

pensioner

single

69.85

71.70

couple

103.75

106.45

disability

single

28.85

30.35

couple

41.10

43.25

enhanced disability

single

14.05

14.80

disabled child

21.63

22.89

couple

20.25

21.30

severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (lower rate)

55.30

58.20

couple (higher rate)

110.60

116.40

disabled child

53.62

56.63

carer

31.00

32.60

Prescribed sum for strikers

36.00

38.00

Maternity Allowance

Standard rate

128.73

135.45

MA threshold

30.00

30.00

Pension Credit

Standard minimum guarantee

single

137.35

142.70

couple

209.70

217.90

Additional amount for severe disability

single

55.30

58.20

couple (one qualifies)

55.30

58.20

couple (both qualify)

110.60

116.40

Additional amount for carers

31.00

32.60

Savings credit

threshold - single

103.15

111.80

threshold - couple

164.55

178.35

maximum - single

20.52

18.54

maximum - couple

27.09

23.73

Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage

209.70

217.90

Additional amount for additional spouse

72.35

75.20

Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit purposes)

Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions

Increase by:

5.20%

Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation)

Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum)

150.30

158.10

Partial disablement allowance

55.55

58.45

Unemployability supplement

92.90

97.75

increases for early incapacity -

higher rate

19.25

20.25

middle rate

12.40

13.00

lower rate

6.20

6.50

Constant attendance allowance

exceptional rate

120.40

126.60

intermediate rate

90.30

94.95

normal maximum rate

60.20

63.30

part-time rate

30.10

31.65

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

60.20

63.30

Lesser incapacity allowance

maximum rate of allowance

55.55

58.45

based on loss of earnings over

73.60

77.45

Severe Disablement Allowance

Basic rate

62.95

69.00

Age-related addition (from Dec 90)

Higher rate

13.80

11.70

Middle rate

7.10

5.90

Lower rate

5.60

5.90

State Pension

Category A or B

102.15

107.45

Category B(lower) - spouse or civil partner's insurance

61.20

64.40

Category C or D - non-contributory

61.20

64.40

Additional pension

Increase by:

5.20%

Increments to:-

Basic pension

Increase by:

5.20%

Additional pension

Increase by:

5.20%

Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB)

Increase by:

5.20%

Inheritable lump sum

Increase by:

5.20%

Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of pre-April 1988 contracted-out earnings

Nil

Nil

Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of

contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 1997

Increase by:

3.00%

Graduated Retirement Benefit(unit)

0.1189

0.1251

Increase of long-term incapacity for age

Increase by:

5.20%

Addition at age 80

0.25

0.25

Increase of long-term incapacity for age

higher rate

19.25

20.25

lower rate

9.65

10.15

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients

higher rate

19.25

20.25

middle rate

12.40

13.00

lower rate

6.20

6.50

Statutory Adoption Pay

Earnings threshold

102.00

107.00

Standard Rate

128.73

135.45

Statutory Maternity Pay

Earnings threshold

102.00

107.00

Standard rate

128.73

135.45

Statutory Paternity Pay

Earnings threshold

102.00

107.00

Standard Rate

128.73

135.45

Additional Statutory Paternity Pay

Earnings threshold

102.00

107.00

Standard Rate

128.73

135.45

Statutory Sick Pay

Earnings threshold

102.00

107.00

Standard rate

81.60

85.85

Widow's Benefit

Widowed mother's allowance

100.70

105.95

Widow's pension

standard rate

100.70

105.95

age-related

age54(49)

93.65

98.53

53(48)

86.60

91.12

52(47)

79.55

83.70

51(46)

72.50

76.28

50(45)

65.46

68.87

49(44)

58.41

61.45

48(43)

51.36

54.03

47(42)

44.31

46.62

46(41)

37.26

39.20

45(40)

30.21

31.79

Note: For deaths occurring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.

Lord Freud: One of the key tasks that the Government have faced over the past year and a half has been to fundamentally reassess the role the welfare system should play in the 21st century.


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