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Women (Pension Entitlement)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether there are circumstances under which a woman of 60 years, living on her own without other financial resources, is not entitled to an amount at least equivalent to a single person's retirement pension.

In the unusual circumstances of such a woman living rough or having deprived herself of financial resources, or where such a woman was engaged in a trade dispute, she might not be entitled to receive supplementary benefit help of as much as the amount of the basic retirement pension. If my hon. Friend has a specific case in mind he may care to write to me about it.