HC Deb 22 October 1973 vol 861 cc424-5W
Mr. Awdry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many retirement pensioners were in receipt of supplementary benefit on 1st July 1973 in the Chippenham area, or the appropriate area for which figures are available; and how this compares with the position on 1st July 1972.

Mr. Dean

I regret that the information is not available in the form requested The number of retirement pensioners in receipt of supplementary benefit in August 1972 and August 1973—the nearest dates to those requested for which the information is available—in the three local offices which serve Chippenham, as well as some adjacent areas, was:

August 1972 August 1973
Swindon 4,654 4,514
Trowbridge 3,978 3,875
Stroud 3,738 3,580

The corresponding number of recipients of supplementary benefit over pensionable age, including retirement pensioners, was:

August August
1972 1973
Swindon 5,000 4,860
Trowbridge 4,233 4,106
Stroud 3,999 3,804

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