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Christmas Bonus

Volume 930: debated on Friday 29 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if it is his intention to pay a bonus to retirement pensioners at Christmas 1977.

No. A bonus payment is bound to be arbitrary in coverage, and to exclude many deserving groups. A general uprating of benefits, such as will take place in November, is an altogether fairer method of distributing the resources which are available.