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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Pensioners (Single Payments)

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Pensioners (Single Payments) on 10th March 1987.


Mr. Dubs Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many pensioners on supplementary benefit are ineligible for single payments because they possess £500.

Mr. Major The latest available information comes from the November 1984 annual statistical inquiry which shows that about 560,000 supplementary pensioners had capital over £500. However, claimants who have savings over £500 are not necessarily excluded from single payments as part payments can be made for the difference between the cost of the item and the amount of capital in excess of £500.