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Pensioners' Earnings

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1947

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asked the Minister of National Insurance on what conditions persons in receipt of retirement pensions may engage in remunerated employment on the land during the summer and autumn without suffering reduction of pension.

A contributory old age pensioner under the age of 70 in the case of a man, or 65 in the case of a woman, who draws an increased pension by reason of his having retired from regular employment may earn up to 205. in any week without effect on his pension. Where the earnings for any week exceed 20s. the pension for the succeeding week is reduced by one shilling for each complete shilling of the excess, so however that there is no reduction below the basic rate to which the pensioner was entitled before the 30th September, 1946. A pensioner over the ages stated may draw his increased pension without regard to any earnings he may have.