§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many (a) claimants and (b) dependants are currently drawing long-term national insurance benefits.
§ Mr. Major
The latest figures available are as follows:
Benefit Number in receipt (thousands) Date Retirement Pension (i) 9,562 30 September 1985 (ii) 157 30 September 1985 Widow's Pension (i) 292 30 September 1985 (ii) — Widowed Mother's Allowance (i) 62 30 September 1985 (ii) 93 30 September 1985 Widowed Mother's Allowance (Personal) (i) 31 30 September 1985 (ii) —
Galashiels ILO Claimants under pensionable age not required to register for work Claimants under pensionable age required to register for work Claimants over pensionable age (a). Single payments Number of awards 2,001 2,581 569
Benefit Number in receipt (thousands) Date Invalidity Benefits (i) 849 30 March 1985 (ii) 391 30 March 1985
(i) For retirement pension, widow's pension, widowed mother's allowance (personal), the figure represents numbers in receipt of personal benefit. For invalidity benefit, the figure represents numbers of claimants.
(ii) For retirement pension and widowed mother's allowance, the figure represents numbers of dependants. No dependency additions are paid with widow's pension or WMA(P). For invalidity benefit, the figure represents the number of claimants with dependants rather than the number of dependants themselves.