HC Deb 27 January 1969 vol 776 cc215-6W
Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the legislation since October, 1964, which has increased the benefits to widows and retirement pensioners.

Mr. Swingler

The legislation effected since 1964 which has increased the benefit to widows and retirement pensioners is listed below. The principal effects of the legislation have been to raise the standard rates of national insurance benefit twice, to remove the earnings rule for widows, to increase the earnings limit for retirement pensioners, to improve the return for deferred retirement, to double the period for which widow's allowance is payable and to introduce an earnings-related supplement to widow's allowance;

Relevant Legislation

National Insurance &c. Act, 1964.

The National Insurance (Increase of Widow's Basic Pension & Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations, 1965, S.I. 1965/35.

National Insurance Act, 1966.

The National Insurance (Earnings) Regulations, 1967, S.I. 1967/756.

The National Insurance (Computation of Earnings) Regulations, 1967, S.I. 1967/760.

National Insurance Act, 1967.

Family Allowances and National Insurance Act, 1967.

Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services taking October, 1964, as 100, what was the purchasing power of the retirement pension in March, 1965, March, 1966, March, 1967, March, 1968, and the latest available date.

Mr. Swingler

Index of purchasing power of retirement pension October, 1964, to December 1968, starting at 100 in October, 1964,

Man or woman on own insurance Man plus wife on his insurance
October, 1964 100 100
March, 1965 116 117
March, 1966 112 112
March, 1967 108 109
March, 1968 117 118
December, 1968 112 113