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Thursday, 13 May 1965


Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Social Services has supplied the following answers -

1.   A war pension is income for the purposes of the means test on age, invalid and widows' pensions.

2.   A war pension of 80 per cent, or more would cause a reduction in the maximum rate of an age, invalid or widows' pension payable to a single or widowed person. For a married person with no other means a war pension of 80 per cent, would cause no reduction in the rate of social service pension but a reduction would be caused by a war pension of 90 or 100 per cent.

When the permissible income for age, invalid and widow pensioners was increased from £2 to £3. 10. 0. a week in October 1954 a war penson of 80 per cent, or more would have caused a reduction in the maximum rate of a social service pension in all cases.

When the merged means test was introduced in 1961 the position was the same as at present except that the social service pension of a married person with no other means would not have been affected by a war pension up to and including the 90 per cent rate. This was also the position when the means test was reviewed in connection with the 1964 Budget.

3.   The question of any amendment to the means test on pensions will be considered when, in accordance with customary practice, social services are reviewed in connection with the preparation of the next Budget. Amendments to the means test on pensions would not affect the conditions governing eligibility for enrolment in the Pensioner Medical Service, the authority for which is the National Health Act administered by my colleague, the Minister for Health.







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