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Volume 181: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are in receipt of attendance allowance, mobility allowance and invalid care allowance in (a) the Kirklees district and (b) England and Wales.

The numbers of people receiving each benefit in Kirklees district could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The latest available information about people receiving these benefits in England and Wales is in the table:

Attendance Allowance (as at 31 March 1989)1695,000
Mobility Allowance as at 15 November 1990)539,000
Invalid Care Allowance (Scotland, England and Wales)2(as at 31 October 1990)132,000
1 Statistical estimate.
2 Separate figures for England and Wales are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will provide details for the Kirklees metropolitan district of the number of people currently, most recent figures, in receipt of each of the following benefits: (a) attendance allowance, (b) mobility allowance and (c) invalid care allowance, and an estimate of what level of take-up the above figures represent in terms of entitlement to benefit for the Kirklees district.

This information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list all forms of benefit that can be obtained through his Department; when each form of benefit was first introduced; and whether each form of benefit was introduced as an entirely new benefit or whether it superseded earlier benefit payments.

[holding answer 15 November 1990]: The information requested is in the table. The dates given are those of introduction of the benefit in its original form and it should be noted that many have since been modified.

Attendance AllowanceDecember 71New
Child BenefitApril 77Family Allowance
Christmas BonusDecember 72New
Community Charge Benefit1April 90Rate Rebate (England and Wales) Community Charge Rebate (Scotland)
Constant Attendance AllowanceJuly 48New
Exceptionally Severe Disablement AllowanceJuly 48New
Family CreditApril 88Family Income Supplement
Guardians AllowanceJuly 48Orphan's Pension
Housing Benefit—1 Rent RebatesNovember 82— April 83Local Authorities local schemes and supplementary benefit provision
Rent Allowanceas aboveas above
Income SupportApril 88Supplementary Benefit
Industrial Death Benefit2July 48New
Industrial Disablement BenefitJuly 48New
Invalid Care AllowanceJuly 76New
Invalidity BenefitSeptember 71New
Maternity Allowance3July 48New
Mobility AllowanceJanuary 76New
One Parent Benefit4April 77Child Interim Benefit
Pneumoconiosis, byssinosis and miscellaneous diseases benefit5March 52New
Reduced Earnings AllowanceOctober 86Special Hardship Allowance
Remission of certain NHS charges and payment of travelling expenses to hospital for NHS treatment on income grounds6April 88Replaced a similar scheme but with changes in the basis of assessment and with centralized administration
Retirement AllowanceApril 88Reduced Earnings Allowance for those of pension age who retired
Retirement Pension—
Category A and BJuly 48New
Category CJuly 70New
Category DJuly 71New
Age additionJuly 71New
Graduated retirement benefit7July 61New
Additional pension (SERPS), payable also with widow's benefits (except Widow's Payment)April 79New
Severe Disablement AllowanceNovember 84Non Contributory Invalidity Pension (NCIP)
Sickness Benefit3July 48New
Social Fund—
Funeral PaymentsApril 87Supplementary Benefit Single Payment
Maternity PaymentsApril 87as above
Community Care GrantsApril 88New
Budgeting LoansApril 88Supplementary Benefit Single Payments
Crisis LoansApril 88Supplementary Benefit Urgent payments
Cold Weather PaymentsNovember 88Exceptionally Severe Weather Payments
Travel Grants, Settlement or Resettlement LoansSeptember 90New
Statutory Maternity Pay 8April 87Maternity allowance for most employed women.
Statutory Sick Pay 8April 83Sickness benefit for most employed people
Unemployment Benefit 91911New
Vaccine damage payments 10March 79New
War Disablement PensionFebruary 17New
War Widow's PensionFebruary 17New
Widow's PensionJuly 48New
Widow's PaymentApril 88Widow's allowance
Widowed Mother's AllowanceJuly 48New
Workmen's Compensation SupplementJuly 51New


1 Paid and administered by local authorities on behalf of the Department of Social Security (DSS).

2 Not payable in respect of deaths on or after 11 April 1988.

3 Superseded benefits payable under the various National Health Insurance Acts.

4 Named Child Benefit Increase prior to 1 April 1981.

5 Miscellaneous diseases first included in November 1954.

6 Administered by DSS on behalf of the Department of Health.

7 Payable only to people with accrued rights derived from payments to the graduated pension scheme from 1961 to 1975.

8 Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Allowance are administered and paid by employers. Sickness benefit and Maternity Allowance are still available for those who do not qualify.

9 Paid and administered by the Department of Employment.

10 Paid via the Department of Health until 1982 when responsibility passed to DSS.