Bishop of St Albans asks Government about plans to increase working age benefits in line with inflation

On 30th November 2017 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to a question on the uprating on welfare benefits with inflation:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 16 November (HL Deb, col 2187), whether they plan to revert to uprating working age benefits in line with inflation at the end of the current four-year freeze.

Baroness Buscombe: The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 has frozen the majority of working-age benefits and tax credits for four tax years, from 2016-17 to 2019-20. These rates will therefore remain the same over this period.

Once these provisions cease to have effect, the pre-existing statutory obligations will re-apply, requiring the Government to undertake a review of the rates of tax credits and benefits in light of price inflation in the preceding year.


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