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Mobility Allowance

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the conclusions drawn in chapter 6 of the University of York study on "The Financial Consequences of Disablement in Children", he will review the equity of the criteria on which mobility allowance is awarded.

No. Mobility allowance is payable to both adults and children on the condition that they are unable or virtually unable to walk because of physical disablement. I regret that resources are not available to extend the coverage of the allowance.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set up a review body to look into the way in which mobility allowance is awarded or witheld, taking into the review a large body of applicants who have been (a) awarded and (b) refused mobility allowance.

No. I do not consider that there is any need for such a body. The interests of people claiming mobility allowance are protected by the rights of appeal which they have to medical boards and medical appeal tribunals.