HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1566-7W
Mr. Naylor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that blind persons over 40 years of age in London, in receipt of a blind pension as well as 10s. old age pension, who have recently been granted 2s. extra by the London County Council for cost of living reasons,, are, in consequence, having their old age pension reduced by 2s. to 8s., thus being deprived of the extra relief granted by the local authority; and whether he will take steps to prevent this reduction being made?

Sir K. Wood

Under the Old Age Pension law the yearly value of any benefit or privilege enjoyed by a pensioner must be taken into account in calculating his means for pension purposes. Allowances from a municipal authority fall within this category and I have no power to say that account shall not be taken of them.