§ Mr. Ness Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for Air how are the recent increases in supplementary pensions treated for the purpose of calculating dependants' Service allowances in cases in which a supplementary pension enters into the household income of a Service man's dependant.
§ Sir A. Sinclair
It is the normal practice in assessing dependant's allowance to take into account income from other sources, and where a person is eligible for more than one grant from public funds the grant already in issue must be taken into account in assessing a new grant. In order, however, to avoid a series of adjustments in cases where a person is eligible for both dependant's allowance and supplementary pension the practice of the Service Departments is to disregard supplementary pensions when assessing dependant's allowance, and of the Assistance Board to take dependant's allowance into account, subject to certain disregards, when assessing supplementary pensions. The recent increases in supplementary pensions therefore have no effect on dependant's allowances.