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1914–18 War Widows

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Pensions to what extent the pensions of widows of the 1914–18 war have been increased; by what amounts; and on what dates.

In 1914 the standard rate was 5s. It was increased by stages during the war and in November, 1918, was 16s. 6d., or 18s. if the widow was over 45. In September, 1919, it was increased to 26s. 8d. for widows over 40 or with children or incapacitated, and to 20s. for other widows. The 26s. 8d. was increased in May, 1944, to 32s. 6d. and in February, 1946, to 35s.