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Invalidity Beneficiaries

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many invalidity beneficiaries are currently disqualified from long-term supplementary benefit because they have not been able to claim ordinary supplementary benefit for the required time; and what is his estimate of the number that will be in this position after November 1980.

I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. However, the number of invalidity beneficiaries who would be eligible for supplementary benefit after November 1980, if a spell of one year in receipt of incapacity benefits were to qualify them for the long-term scale rate, would probably be of the order of 100,000.