HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 c914
49. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that large numbers of old age pensioners are subject to Poor Law relief; and will he take steps to introduce legislation at an early date to amend the Old Age Pensions Acts so as to provide for the payment of amounts adequate to meet the requirements of the persons involved and so obviate the necessity of their having to seek public assistance to supplement their pensions?

Sir J. Simon

Of the total number of old age pensioners, about 10 per cent. are in receipt also of public assistance. I would refer the hon. Member as regards the last part of the question to the answer given on 28th October last to my hon. Friend the Member for West Leeds (Mr. V. Adams).

Mr. Stewart

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, owing to the smallness of the pension and the increase in the cost of living, scores of thousands of old age pensioners throughout the country are subjected to Poor Law relief; and in spite of those facts are not the Government prepared to do anything to come to the aid of the aged people?

Sir J. Simon

This matter has been the subject of questions before, and perhaps the hon. Gentleman will read my answer and the answer to which I have referred.

Mr. Shinwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is imposing on some county authorities a heavy burden which is becoming almost unbearable?

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