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Capital Disregard

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the present capital disregard for people in local authority residential care was fixed; to what level it would now have to be raised to have kept pace with inflation; what plans he has to increase it; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the right hon. Member to my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Eccles (Mr. Carter-Jones) on 8 December 1981—[Vol. 14, c. 364]. The capital disregard would need to be raised to about £2,600 to reflect the movement in the general index and retail prices between mid-November 1975 and mid-January 1982.