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Widows (Benefits)

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will re-publish his answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr on 30 November, Official Report, c. 37, in respect of widows' benefits, in a similar form to that he used in the answer to the hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Best) in respect of unemployment benefits on 19 November, Official Report, c. 224–6.

May 1979January 1982
Widow aged between 50–59 at widowhood with no dependantsLate husband's earnings at average levelsLate husband's earnings attracting maximum ERA and additional componentLate husband's earnings at average levelsLate husband's earnings attracting maximum additional componentCol. 4 as percentage of Col. 2Col. 5 as percentage of Col. 3
(1)(2) £(3) £(4) £(5) £(6) £(7) £
First 26 weeks
Widows allowance27·3027·3041·4041·40152152
Earnings related addition13·2916·25nilnil
Total40·5943·5541·4041·4010295
After first 26 weeks
Widows pension19·5019·5029·6029·60152152
Additional component0·971·314·555·86[469][447]
Total20·4720·8134·1535·46167170

Note: The widow would have no entitlement to supplementary benefit but might be eligible for health with rent and rates from the local authority.