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Disabled People

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what criteria he has decided to exclude from the Government's proposals in "The Way Ahead" any help for people with disabilities with extra costs other than those arising from mobility or attendance needs; and if he will make a statement.

The surveys of disability carried out by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys found that attendance allowance and mobility allowance are well directed towards the most common of the more costly disabilities. Locomotion and self-care disabilities are associated with relatively high disability-related expenditure. Equally important, the benefits provide help to people with other disabilities in the frequent cases where they are combined with locomotion or self-care disabilities.