Oral Answers to Questions — Pensioner Poverty

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

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Photo of Mr Jeff Rooker Mr Jeff Rooker Minister of State, Department of Social Security, Minister of State (Department of Social Security) 12:00, 2 April 2001

As my hon. Friend knows, there will be further increases as the transition to pension credit is effected. That is why there has been an increase in the basic state pension this year that is over and above both the earnings link and the prices link. In addition, we are in any event committed to raising the minimum income guarantee in line with earnings.