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Relief (Pensioners)

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the Minister of Health the number of pensioners under the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Contributory Pensions Acts during the year ended 31st March, 1930, who were in receipt of outdoor relief or institutional relief, respectively, and the amount expended in such relief?

The returns received in my Department of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief do not distinguish pensioners under the Contributory Pensions Acts from pensioners under other Old Age Pension Acts. The total number of pensioners under the Old Age Pensions Acts 1908 to 1924 and the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, who were in receipt of Poor Law relief on 1st January, 1930, was 151,150. This number includes 30,350 children in respect of whom children's allowances were paid to the mothers. About 7,000 of the total were in receipt of institutional relief. The amount expended on relief to pensioners is not separately ascertained.