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Benefit (Take-Up)

Volume 87: debated on Friday 29 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the latest figures for the take-up of attendance allowance, invalid care allowance, mobility allowance and severe disablement allowance.

The latest available information about the number of recipients of these benefits is as follows:

Attendance allowance

  • 469,000 (estimated) at 31 March 1984.

Invalid care allowance

  • 10,400 at 18 November 1985.

Mobility allowance

  • 400,400 at 25 November 1985.

Severe disablement allowance

  • 227,300 at 22 October 1985.

I regret that it is not possible to give estimates of take-up, in view of uncertainties about the numbers of people who might be entitled to these benefits.