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Welfare Reform

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1999.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Social Security 12:00 am, 11th January 1999

My hon. Friend is right: one of the scandals that we inherited is that many pensioners are living on such low incomes that they depend on income support and other benefits. Part of the rationale behind my proposals for reforming pensions, which I announced to the House on 15 December last year, is to ensure that people who work throughout their life will make a worthwhile saving towards their pension. The result of my proposals—particularly for those who earn £9,000 a year or less, for whom we have doubled the rate at which their pension will accrue—is that people who work throughout their life will retire on an income sufficient to raise them above benefit levels, a laudable aim which should have been achieved years ago.