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Invalidity Pensions

Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if it is her intention to reduce the adult dependant's allowance of an invalidity pensioner whose wife becomes eligible for a disabled housewife's allowance;(2) if it is her intention that an invalid care allowance shall be taken into account for the purposes of supplementary benefits when a non-disabled man has had to give up work to look after his severely disabled wife; and whether the invalid care allowance will affect or be affected by a disabled housewife's allowance that might be payable to his wife.

It is intended to apply the normal rules relating to benefits that are designed to help maintain the beneficiary. It would follow that an invalid care allowance would be taken fully into account for supplementary benefits purposes; and that, if a wife claimed and was awarded a non-contributory invalidity pension in her own right, an increase of her husband's invalid care allowance or invalidity pension would no longer be payable for her as his dependant.