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Old Age Pensioners, Glasgow

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Minister of National Insurance how many old age pensioners are in the city of Glasgow; how many of them have their pensions supplemented from the Assistance Boards and the average amount of that supplementary allowance including rent.

I regret that it is not possible to give all the information asked for. Records of contributory pensions are not kept by districts but on a national basis, and those of non-contributory and supplementary pensions can only be given in respect of districts which do not necessarily correspond to local administrative areas. No estimate is possible of the number of contributory pensioners, but at the end of June, 1945, there were approximately 4,400 non-contributory pensions payable from Customs and Excise stations covering Glasgow and certain surrounding territory, and at the end of September, 1945, there were current in the Assistance Board's Glasgow I District, which includes Glasgow and certain surrounding territory, approximately 34,000 supplementary pensions covering the needs of approximately 38,000 old age pensioners and widow pensioners over 60 years of age. The areas covered by the two sets of figures are not co-terminous. The average payment of supplementary pensions, including rent, was approximately 16s. a week.