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Mobility Allowance

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services under what circumstances persons of retirement age can receive the mobility allowance.

The Social Security Bill now before Parliament will enable women as well as men to qualify for mobility allowance up to the age of 65, whereas at present women can only qualify up to age 60. The Bill will also enable both men and women to retain their allowance up to the age of 75. If they wish, certain disabled people who have or have had a car, a tricycle, or a private car allowance under the old vehicle scheme, can have the mobility allowance instead without any age limit.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services for both men and women, what age groups are now eligible for the mobility allowance; when it is hoped to extend eligibility for this allowance to all age bands; and if he will clarify the current and intended position in respect of the allowance being made available for persons of retirement age.

At present, claims are being accepted from men and women born on or after 20 December 1919. We intend to complete the phasing programme during 1979. If Parliament approves the proposal in the current Social Security Bill to enable women as well as men to qualify up to the age of 65, we expect to make commencement orders to allow both men and women age 59 to 60 to claim in March for payment from June. Two more groups will follow, namely, people aged 61 to 62, and, finally, those remaining under 65, so that everyone eligible may claim before the end of this year.A further provision of the Social Security Bill will allow men and women who have claimed successfully by the age 65 to keep the allowance till age 75.