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Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons are now in receipt of each contributory and non-contributory benefit in Northern Ireland; and what is the projected amount to be paid out in respect of each benefit in the current financial year.


Number of recipients

Date of latest information

Projected amount to
be paid out in
current financial year
£ million

Industrial disablement pensionFebruary 19828·9
Industrial disablement gratuity ⋆8,1315,242
Industrial death benefit907February 19821·3
Invalid care allowance680November 19810·7
Mobility allowance6,053December 19813·9
Non-contributory invalidity pension•10,225February 19827·7
Old persons pension3,954February 19823·1
Pensioners lump sum payment□270,000December 19812·7


* Includes widow's allowance, widowed mother's allowance and widow's pension.

† Estimated number of awards in year ended 31 December 1981.
‡ Estimated number of recipients in year ended 31 March 1981.
║ Estimated.
¶ Includes 13,507 in receipt of one-parent benefit.
⋆ Includes three in receipt of workmen's compensation supplementation and four in receipt of extra-statutory benefit in respect of pneumoconiosis/ byssinosis contracted in employment prior to July 1948.
# Number of awards in year ended 31 December 1981.
● Includes 2,417 in receipt of housewives non-contributory invalidity pension.
□ Estimated number of Christmas bonus payments in 1981.