HC Deb 08 March 1983 vol 38 c382W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many widows and married women aged under 60 years, respectively, pay reduced rate contributions; whether these were all full-time employees; and what is his projection for the phasing out of reduced contributions.

Mr. Rossi

The latest provisional figures show that in 1980–81, 2,687,557 married women and 156,082 widows under 60 in Great Britain paid reduced rate contributions. These figures cover full-time and part-time employments, which are not distinguished for contributions purposes. Under present arrangements 2021 will be the last year in which a contribution can be paid at the reduced rate, but we expect very few women to be paying such contributions by the end of this century.

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