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Disability Allowances

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claimants will be worse off if they claim disability working allowance instead of invalidity benefit including housing costs.

The great majority of potential disability working allowance recipients will be better off than they would be on invalidity benefit. It is not possible to estimate with confidence the small number of invalidity benefit recipients who would be worse off taking into account help with housing costs from income support or housing benefit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many women over the age of 60 years have been awarded (a) invalid care allowance and (b) severe disablement allowance as a result of recent case law.

Following decisions of the social security commissioners in 1988, there have been some 1,600 awards of invalid care allowance to women over age 60. Figures for severe disablement allowance are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.