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Christmas Bonus

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, how many pensioners in Lambeth and Southwark will not receive their £10 Christmas bonus before Christmas as a result of the dispute over Civil Service staff cuts at the Kennington Department of Health and Social Security office.

Pensioners cashing their pension orders for this week (beginning 3 December) are being paid the Christmas bonus with their weekly pensions by post offices. The only persons above pension age who may not get the Christmas bonus just yet are those who are not receiving retirement pensions but are receiving supplementary benefit from the Kennington office. That office would normally have sent girocheques to these persons, who are few in number, but in present circumstances the payments will, unfortunately, be delayed.