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Personal Incomes

Volume 893: debated on Thursday 12 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, for 1950, 1955, 1960 and each year from 1965 to 1974, what were the figures for personal income per head per week as derived from National Income Blue Books, including taxes and national insurance contributions, and gross average industrial earnings for men aged 21 years and over, and, in amount and as a percentage of each of these two figures, what were the weekly

and had received exceptional needs payments in the previous 12 months.

I regret that information is not available as between disabled and non-disabled pensioners. Following is the available information based on a sample of one in 160 pensioners in receipt of supplementary benefit as at November 1974:rates of (i) 100 per cent. war pension (ii) 40 per cent. war pension and industrial injury disablement pension, (iii) long-term sickness benefit or invalidity pension for a single person and (iv) retirement pension for a single person.