To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners have ceased to be eligible for exemption from community charge benefit as a result of SI 1990 No. 462.
The statutory instrument quoted by the hon. Member amended the rules governing the exemption of severely mentally impaired people from any liability to pay the personal community charge. It did not alter the rules governing entitlement to community charge benefit: any person liable to pay the personal community charge, except for registered students who pay only 20 per cent. of that charge, is eligible to receive community charge benefit if his net income is low enough.