The person concerned was in receipt of an old age contributory pension of £164.30 per week which included a qualified adult allowance of £60.20 in respect of his spouse.
From 23 February 2001 his spouse qualified for an old age non-contributory pension in her own right at the higher personal rate of £79.50 per week.
Qualified adult allowance and old age, non-contributory, pensions are not payable concurrently in respect of the same person. The person concerned was advised of the position and the qualified adult allowance was terminated with effect from 23 February 2001 in favour of the higher weekly rate of old age non-contributory pension payable to his spouse.
The person concerned is currently in receipt of old age contributory pension at the maximum personal rate of £104 plus £8 fuel allowance per week.
Under social welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.