HC Deb 27 March 1975 vol 889 c269W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the estimated annual cost of paying those widowed before they reach the age of 50 years a full wodow's pension as if they had been widowed after reaching the age of 50 years.

Mr. Alec Jones:

The estimated annual cost to the National Insurance Fund of paying a full rate widow's pension of £11.60—the weekly rate payable from 7th April—to women widowed before age 50 is £35 million. There would be some saving in supplementary benefit.

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