§ 11. Mr. Granville Sharp
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he is aware of the hardship caused to many old age pensioners as a result of the recent substantial increases in rates levied by local authorities; and whether assistance board regulations permit the grant of corresponding increases in supplementary pensions.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Any old age pensioner who is in need can apply for a supplementary pension, and such pension is normally assessed under the regulations so as to take fully into account the actual rent and rates payable at any time.
§ Mr. Lipson
Does the Minister consider it part of his duty to watch increases in the cost of living as they affect old age pensioners, and to draw the attention of his colleagues to the facts?
§ Mr. Griffiths
We take all factors into account. I would point out that we have done more for these people than any previous Government.