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Chronically Sick And Disabled (Benefits)

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total spending of his Department on benefits and services for the chronically sick and disabled in each of the years 1970–71 to 1984–85; and if he will give the change year in by year percentage as well as money terms.

The spending on benefits and on services provided direct by the Department for long-term sick and disabled people in the years 1970–71 to 1984–85 is given in the table. Information on the provision of services by health authorities and by local authorities specifically to this group is not available.

YearExpenditure in cash termsExpenditure at 1984–85 pricesReal annual percentage increase
£ million£ million
1970–71*
1971–72†3601,570
1972–735102,08032
1973–745902,1805
1974–757702,41011
1975–761,0402,6209
1976–771,2402,7103
1977–781,5202,9107
1978–791,8303,24011
1979–802,1603,3002
1980–812,5603,3602
1981–823,0303,5706
1982–833,5603,91010
1983–844,1504,36012
1984–854,5904,5905
* Comparable figures are not available as there were no benefits specifically for the long-term sick and disabled people.
† Not fully comparable with later years as invalidity benefit was introduced part way through the year.