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Widows

Volume 531: debated on Monday 26 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many widows are receiving 10s. per week pension; how many of them contribute 4s. 5d. weekly for an insurance stamp; and what steps are being taken to relieve these widows of this liability.

About 170,000 widows are receiving this pension. There is no record to show how many are paying contributions as non-employed persons; those whose income is underĀ£2 a week can already claim exemption.