HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 c78W
53. Mr. Charles R. Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take action to change the position where a person over minimum retirement age who elects to continue work and is thereby liable to pay the normal earnings-related rate of graduated contributions does not receive earnings-related sickness and unemployment benefits.

Mr. Dean

No. It has been accepted by successive Governments that it is appropriate for people over minimum retirement age to receive sickness and unemployment benefits at a rate equivalent to the flat-rate pension which would otherwise be payable. The graduated contributions which they pay count towards extra graduated pension.