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War Pensions (Leaflets)

Volume 649: debated on Thursday 23 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will state the numbers of leaflets recently issued by his Department to war pensioners explaining their various entitlements, the numbers of inquiries which he has received to date directly as a result of those leaflets, and the numbers of such inquiries which have resulted in the award of some increase in assessment or supplementary allowance.

About 632,000 leaflets have been specially issued to war pensioners, and by 31st October some 13,000 pensioners had made inquiries. The great majority of these inquiries which relate to benefits are still under consideration, but by 31st October 58 increases of assessment had been made and 234 new or increased supplementary allowances awarded.