State Pension: Weekly Age Addition

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the additional State Pension for those over 80 years old; when that sum was fixed; and what is its purpose.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The weekly age addition for those getting the state pension at the age of 80 and over is worth 25p. When it was introduced in 1971 it was intended to recognise, albeit in a small way, the special claims of very elderly people who on the whole need help rather more than others.

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