HC Deb 23 July 1962 vol 663 c122W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will state the average rent allowance, for each respective region, paid to applicants for supplementary pensions; and what change of policy is envisaged in regard to the discretionary powers of area officers regarding the level of this type of allowance.

Mr. Macpherson

At the end of 1961 the average weekly amount of rent and rates paid by supplemented retirement pensioners in each of the administrative regions of the National Assistance Board, the areas of which are shown in a map in the Board's Report for 1961, were as follows:

Region Average amount
s. d.
Northern 18 8
East and West Ridings 17 8
North Midland 18 8
London (North) 25 2
London (South) 26 3
South Western 20 2
Midland 19 5
North Western 19 6
Wales 17 0
Scotland 16 1

As stated in the Report, the rent was being allowed in full in nearly 99 per cent. of the cases. The answer to the last part of the Question is "None".