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Mobility Allowance

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she will make a statement about the Government's proposals for a mobility allowance for severely disabled people.

I am glad to be able to say that my right hon. Friend has

Announcement (date and reference)MeasureAmountm.) in 1975–76Current or Capital
Official Report, 16th April 1975; Written Answers, Cols. 107–111.Scottish Transport Group Shipping Services. New annual grant to Caledonian MacBrayne Shipping Services.2·5Current grant.
Official Report, 24th April 1975; Cols. 1,742–1,762.British Leyland265·0Capital.
Official Report, 28th April 1975; Cols. 33–170.Employment Protection Bill0·1Current
Official Report, 29th April 1975; Cols. 236–382.Community Land Bill0·1Current
Official Report, 30th April 1975; Cols. 482–614.Petroleum and Submarine Pipelines Bill100·0 (provisional)Capital.
Official Report, 30th April 1975; Cols. 477–478.Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries BillNil
Official Report, 8th May 1975; Cols. 1,759–1,786.Northern Ireland (Shipbuilding) Order (financial assistance to Harland and Wolff Ltd.).25·0Both.
Official Report, 6th and 8th May 1975; Cols. 427–523.Additional Expenditure on Energy and Technology Support Unit Harwell and Marine Technology Support Unit.0·5Current.
Press Release, 12th May 1975Armed Forces Pay213·8Current.
Official Report, 14th May 1975; Cols. 457–467.Ferranti15·0Capital.
Press Release, 14th May 1975Triangup to 3·5Both.
Official Report, 20th May 1975; Written Answer.Increase in student grants from September30·0Current.
All of these potential requirements were taken into account in preparing the fore-

tabled an amendment to the Social Security Pensions Bill providing for a mobility allowance of £5 a week both for severely disabled adults of working age and for severely disabled children aged five or over, who are unable or virtually unable to walk. The new allowance will be available to those whose mobility handicap is likely to last for at least 12 months. It is intended that the mobility allowance should be phased in over approximately a three-year period, with payments to the first group starting at the beginning of 1976. The allowance is a most important advance for perhaps 100,000 severely disabled adults and children whose mobility needs are in no way met under the existing scheme for mobility help.