HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 c1088W

askd the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that the pre-War Pensions Act grants certain allowances, on the income limit of £200, to pensioners with one or more children; and can he state if the word "child" covers an orphan grandson, aged nine years, living with and wholly dependent on a pre-War pensioned grandfather?


The effect of the Pensions (Increase) Act is not quite as stated in the question. Pensioners who are widowers or widows and have one or more children under 16 years of age dependent on them are treated as married persons for the purpose of assessing the increases for which they may be eligible under the Act. A widower whose sole dependant is a grandson under 16 years of age cannot be regarded as a married person within the meaning of the Act.