HC Deb 06 August 1976 vol 916 c1152W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Social Services whether, in view of the fact that a person can obtain as much as £40 per week from supplementary assistance for which he has not contributed, whereas a retired person who has paid for his pension only receives £13.30p for himself and £21.20p if married, he will put retirement pensions on the same basis as supplementary allowances.

Mr. Orme

No. Retirement pensions are paid to all who satisfy the necessary conditions, irrespective of their financial circumstances, whereas the rate of supplementary allowances is based on the claimant's requirements and resources. A retirement pensioner whose requirements, measured in the prescribed way, exceed his resources may receive supplementary benefit in addition to his pension.

Mr. Newton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services of he will state for each of the last five years how many persons have been denied payment of pension for a period for which they would otherwise have been entitled to such payment, as a result of failing to claim at the appropriate time.

Mr. Orme

I regret that the information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.