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Disabled Persons

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services why the Government have refused to index-link the transitional protection given to disabled people, presently on benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Protection in cash terms is the normal way to give protection when benefit rules are changed. However, the special transitional addition which will be payable to disabled people in receipt of high amounts of the domestic assistance addition will be index-linked. We will also be monitoring the position of those people in receipt of other transitional additions.