Oral Answers to Questions — Means-tested Benefits (Take-up)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) 12:00, 2 April 2001

I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman thinks that making 82,000 people, on average, £20 a week better off—after being left in poverty as a result of the neglect of the previous Conservative Government—is not worth celebrating. Since the campaign is not yet over, the figures that we have given so far will not be the final figures. Next week, we will double the capital limit, which will ensure that more people are eligible for the minimum income guarantee. That stands in contrast with the Conservatives, who froze the capital limits for a decade when they were in office.