§ 9. Sir B. Rhys Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now take steps to end the earnings rule for pensioners.
§ Sir B. Rhys Williams
Does my hon. Friend agree that it is important that the basis of the Welfare State should be not need but entitlement based on either contributions or status; and that therefore to operate an earnings rule is entirely against the spirit of the Welfare State as understood on this side of the House?
§ Mr. Lipton
But is the hon. Gentleman aware that if under the existing regulation a retirement pensioner over the age of 70 is still employed, his employer has to pay £3 6s. 11d. a week for a stamp, and this is a penal imposition on any employer who wishes to carry on employing older people?