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National Assistance (Stoke-On-Trent)

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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asked the Minister of National Insurance how many people are receiving National Assistance payment in Stoke-on-Trent; what is the average weekly amount paid out: and how many of the recipients are old age pensioners and persons over 65 not in receipt of a contributory pension.

On 27th June, 8,804 persons were receiving regular weekly grants of National Assistance from the Board's office at Stoke-on-Trent (which covers territory extending outside the area of the county borough). Of this total, 3,956 were receiving retirement pension, 767 were receiving non-contributory or blind pension and 354 were over pensionable age but not receiving any type of pension. The grants take into account the needs of dependants, some of whom would be pensioner wives. I regret that separate information about the amounts of National Assistance paid in particular localities is not available.