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Retirement Pensions (National Assistance Allowances)

Volume 641: debated on Monday 5 June 1961

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what was the number of retirement pensioners receiving supplementary allowances from the National Assistance Board at the latest convenient date; and what was the number of persons of pensionable age who are continuing in employment.

At 28th March, 1961, 1,079,000 retirement pensioners were receiving supplementary allowances from the National Assistance Board. Some of the grants provided for the requirements of a household with more than one pensioner. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour that at the end of May, 1960, there were about 970,000 persons of pensionable age who were in employment.