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Widows (Benefits)

Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning the provision of benefits and services for widows.

We have received about 300 letters over the past 12 months which make representations about the payment of widows' benefits and the conditions governing entitlement. I also received a petition last April from the National Association of Widows with 77,000 signatures about the rules governing overlapping benefits and met a deputation from the association on 22 June last year.