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Wives' Supplementary Benefit

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, if a married couple, who are receiving supplementary benefit with a long-term addition, separate, if it is her policy to treat the wife as a new applicant and remove the long-term addition.

Yes, unless the wife is aged 60 or over and, therefore, qualifies for a long-term scale rate in her own right.