State Pension Credit Bill: Final Stage

– in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:15 pm on 30 September 2002.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:15, 30 September 2002

I beg to move

That the State Pension Credit Bill (NIA Bill 4/02) do now pass.

The State Pension Credit Bill is, essentially, good news. It is a vital element of the strategy to ensure that both present and future pensioners in Northern Ireland can avoid poverty. It will add £50 million to the money that pensioners at the lower end of the income distribution are entitled to receive. Half of all pensioners stand to gain. The average gain is about £400 a year. In addition, the Bill removes the unfairness of the present capital rules and reduces the intrusion into pensioners’ affairs by making five-year awards to those who are over 65 years of age, thus abolishing the weekly means test. All in all, the Bill contains good news for pensioners in Northern Ireland.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved:

That the State Pension Credit Bill (NIA Bill 4/02) do now pass.