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Social Security Review

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about the tax treatment of the revised widow's benefits proposed in the Green Paper. "Reform of Social Security", Cmnd. 9517.

Yes. The proposed lump sum benefit of £1,000 payable to widows immediately on bereavement will be exempt from tax. Widow's pension and widowed mother's allowance, where payable, will be liable to tax, as they are at present.