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Retirement Pensions

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 17 May 1949

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asked the Minister of National Insurance (1) how many men and women, respectively, in receipt of retirement pensions on 5th April, 1949, were also receiving supplementary assistance from the National Assistance Board;

(2) the numbers of men and women, respectively, who were in receipt of retirement pensions on 5th April, 1949.

The numbers of men and women in receipt of retirement and contributory old age pensions on 5th April, 1949, were approximately 1,550,000 and 2,600,000, respectively. I am informed by the National Assistance Board that, of these, about 205,000 men and 425,000 women were receiving supplementary assistance. In addition there were 445,000 men and women in receipt of non-contributory pensions (including blind pensions) numbering 140,000 and 305,000, respectively. Of these 40,000 men and 65,000 women were in receipt of supplementary assistance.

Do the figures show any evidence of an increasing tendency for people to remain at work beyond retirement age?

Yes. If my hon. Friend will put down a Question I will give him the exact figure.