Social Security Benefits (Uprating)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:06 pm on 22nd October 1986.

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Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Bradford West 4:06 pm, 22nd October 1986

At a time when the poverty crisis gripping this country is an all-time record, is not this statement thoroughly disgraceful? Does the Secretary of State not realise that pensioners, families in poverty and the long-term unemployed do not want to hear that Ministers care about them? They want more money. Will he understand that many of those people think that the retail price index does not in any way reflect their real needs? When is he going to give those people real increases so that their standard of living can increase in the same way as for those in full-time employment? Does he not accept that that is the problem which the statement does not address itself to?