HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 c504W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the latest figures available of the cost of the Treasury of disregarding widows' pensions from income tax assessment; and what estimate is available for the number of widows who would benefit in these circumstances.

Mr. Ridley

[pursuant to his reply, 14 December 1982, c. 63–64]: In a full year, at 1982–83 levels of income, the cost of exempting (a) National Insurance widows' benefits would be about £120 million; and (b) National Insurance retirement pensions paid to widows would be about £200 million. It is estimated that, in total, over 800,000 widows would benefit. If occupational pensions received by widows were also exempt, the cost would be higher.

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