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Retirement Pensioners (Supplementary Benefit)

Volume 828: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of retirement pensioners is in receipt of supplementary benefit; and what is the average sum received.

In November this year the proportion was 27·6 per cent. The average amount paid was £2·27.


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many retirement pensioners in the Greenock-Port Glasgow area were in receipt of supplementary benefit in June 1970 and at the latest convenient date.

Figures for June, 1970, are not available. In May, 1970, 3,500 retirement pensioners, including women over 60 with widows' pension, were receiving supplementary benefit in the area covered by the Greenock and Port Glasgow local offices. In November, 1971, the number was 3,700.