Social Security returns with major reforms
Friday 20th September 2013, 9:39AM BST.
SUPPLEMENTARY benefit changes are the mainstay of reforms proposed by the Social Security Department.
Under its plans, people currently receiving rent rebate from the Housing Department will be moved onto supplementary benefit over the next three to five years in a move to create a more uniform system.
This comes among other changes proposed, including:
- Family allowance will be frozen at the 2013 rate of £15.90 per child.
- The full pension rate will increase by £4.05 per week to £196.90
- Sickness, unemployment and bereavement all increase by 2.1%
- Winter fuel allowance will increase by 7.4% to £30 a week.
- Prescription charges will increase by 10p to £3.30.
Department minister Allister Langlois, pictured, says that everyone on supplementary benefit will now be subject to the same means test, as opposed to the two different ones used now – which results in people in identical circumstances being provided with different amounts of money.