HC Deb 06 January 1913 vol 46 c839W

asked the Chief Secretary upon what grounds the Local Government Board, on appeal, disallowed an old age pension granted by the Castlebar pension sub-committee to Mary M'Gough, widow, Aughadrinagh, Castlebar, county Mayo; whether the pension officer, in his estimate of her means, treated her as the sole beneficial occupier of land held by her late husband, subject to an annuity of £10 payable to the Land Commission; and whether he is aware that, her husband having died intestate and having several children, the widow is entitled only to a one-third interest in the land and, there being no other source of income, cannot be regarded as disqualified for pension on the grounds of means?


This woman's claim was disallowed on the ground that her means exceeded the statutory limit. The pension officer reported that her husband died intestate, but that there is only one son residing with the claimant, the other children having gone away long ago.