Retirement Pensioners (Hospital Visits)

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Peter Bessell Mr Peter Bessell , Bodmin 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether she will take steps to provide assistance for transporting retirement pensioners wishing to visit relatives in hospital: and if she is aware that in rural areas the present situation causes distress or hardship to many retirement pensioners.

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

If the retirement pensioner is receiving a supplement to his pension and the relative formerly lived in the same household, the National Assistance Board will be able to provide for reasonable visiting expenses. Even where the pensioner is not receiving assistance the Board under certain circumstances may be able to help.