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Disability

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he will take to ensure that the disability living allowance and attendance allowance will be paid to those who are otherwise eligible and live in local authority homes or are sponsored by local authorities in private or voluntary homes.

Payment of attendance allowance and the care component of disability living allowance will cease after four weeks to avoid double provision for care needs. People in residential homes of any description may continue to receive the mobility component of disability living allowance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will abolish the six-month waiting period for the attendance allowance and the three-month waiting period for the disability living allowance.

We have no plans to do so, but we have abolished such waiting periods for the terminally ill. Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will revise the rules for disability benefits such as mobility allowance and the proposed new disability living allowance so as to provide equal benefits for people disabled after the age of 65 years.