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PENSIONS ACT : IS IT ABUSED?

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PENSIONS ACT IS IT ABUSED? The Holyhead Old Age Pensions' Committee has by formal resolution excluded the press. At its first meeting, when the officers were appoint- ed!, the press were informed that they would not be allowed to be present. The committee have officially given no reason why the press .representatives should not be admitted, al- though, in most cases, if not all, the Pensions' Committees have not excluded the reporters. The most charitable interpretation of the com- mittee's action is that they do not wish the names of the persons reoeiving pensions to be published, in order that no stigma might fafl upon them- A meeting of the committee wat; held at the Police Court, on Wednesday evening, and a pension of 3s per week was granted to a man who. according to the official report, had £ B50 on deposit at a looal bank, at 2^ per cent. If the man had kept the money at home he would have been outside the Pensions' Act, even If he is not now outside it, for the interest would then have been calculated at 4 per cent. Also, if he purchased Consols, he would be outside the Act. In the second case a pension of 3e per week was given to the wife 01 a man who is in receipt of £1 a week as wages. Wag the Act intended to benefit people in positions like this, which might be regardedl as fairly com- fortable. If the L850 were devoted to the purchase of an annuity in any -first-cda-m assur- ance office, or in the Government Offices, it would bring in a very substantial income. H-*P- .posing the age of the man to be 70, which is, of oourse, the lowest possible age under the Act, an annuity could be bought which wouJd bring in P,110 per annum, and, if he is older, of course, the income would be much larger. Whether the Council considered this eide of the question we are, of course, unable to sayi but we venture to state that to give a pension in the first case amounts to an abuse of the in- tention of the Act, which is to benefit poor persons, and not those who are twice a.0 well off as the average workman at Holyhead, whose wages in few cases exceed ±11 a week, and out of which a family has to be supported. The public will await with interest the ex- planation of the committee. We trust that a satisfactory one will be forthcoming.

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