§ 44. Mr. Hall-Davis
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if lie will take steps to make possible the payment of supplementary pensions direct to bank accounts at the request of pensioners, thus removing the need for them to attend a post office each week or to make arrangements for the pension to be collected on their behalf.
§ Mr. Deakins
Entitlement to supplementary pensions, as to other social security benefits, is subject to certain continuing conditions, and before each payment is made recipients have to confirm that these conditions are satisfied. This prevents automatic payment by the Department into a bank account. Supplementary pensioners are not obliged to cash their orders each week but may, if they wish, wait up to 13 week and then cash a number together.