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Pensioners (Supplementary Benefit)

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many retirement pensioners claim supplementary pension.

As at November last about 2,047,000 retirement pensioners were receiving supplementary benefit. This figure includes wives entitled to retirement pensions on their husbands' insurance and also national insurance widow beneficiaries over pension age and constitutes about 25ยท4 per cent. of the total number of retirement pensioners at that time.