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Disability Income

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what preparatory work has been done on a scheme for a national disability income, which takes account of the extra expenses of disability; and if he intends to issue a consultative document on the matter.

Officials continue to keep under review various possibilities for making progress towards the Government's objective of a coherent system of benefits for disabled people to meet the costs of disability. There is, however, no prospect of substantial improvements in this area until the necessary resources become available, and my right hon. Friend has no plans to issue a consultation document at present.