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War Pensioners

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on extending the limit of war pension to be disregarded in calculating housing benefit and the community charge.

The statutory disregard on war widows' and war disablement pensions was doubled to £10 in April 1990. In addition, local authorities have discretion to enhance this disregard at their own expense when assessing entitlement to housing benefit and community charge benefit. There is a full statutory disregard of the special payments for pre-1973 war widows—currently £44.36 a week. We have no plans to change these arrangements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the councils which (a) operate and (b) do not operate a total disregard scheme for war pensioners for housing benefit and the community charge.

The information requested, as reported by local authorities in the financial year 1990–91, as listed in the following table.

Local authorities operating a total disregard scheme for both war disablement and war widows' pensions
AberconwyAberdeen1
AllerdaleAmber Valley3
Angus1Annandale1
ArfonArgyll-Bute1
ArunAshfield
AshfordBadenoch1
Banff and Buchan1Basingstoke
BassetlawBearsden and Milngavie1
Berwickshire1Birmingham
BlackpoolBlaenau Gwent
Borders2Boston
BracknellBradford
BraintreeBrent
BrentwoodBrighton
BroxbourneBroxtowe
BurnleyCaithness1
CalderdaleCardiff
CarlisleCarrick
Castle PointCentral3
CeredigionCharnwood
ChelmsfordCheltenham
CherwellChesterfield
ChilternChristchurch
Clackmannan1Clydebank1
Clydesdale1Colwyn
CongletonCopeland
CotswoldCoventry
CravenCrewe and Nantwich
Cumbernauld(DC)1Cumbernauld (Kils.)1
Cumnock and Doon1Cunninghame1
DacorumDartford
DaventryDelyn
Dumbarton1Dumfries and Galloway2
Dundee1Dunfermline1
EalingEast Cambridgeshire
East DevonEast Dorset (Wimb.)
East HertfordshireEast Kilbride1
East Kilbride (DC)1Eastleigh
East Lothian1Eastwood1
East YorkshireEden
Edinburgh1Ellesmere Port
ElmbridgeEpping Forest
Epsom and EwellErewash
Ettrick and Lauderdale1Falkirk1
Fife2Forest Heath
Forest of DeanGedling
GillinghamGlanford
Glasgow1Glenrothes1
GloucesterGlyndwr
Gordon1Gosport
Grampian2Great Yarmouth
GuildfordHackney
HaltonHamilton1
HammersmithHarborough
HarlowHarrow3
HartlepoolHereford
HertsmereHighland2
Hinckley and BosworthHorsham
HounslowHove
HuntingdonHyndburn
Inverclyde1Inverness1
IpswichIrving (DC)1
Isles of ScillyIslington
IslwynKennet
Kensington and ChelseaKilmarnock1
Kincardine and Deeside1Kingswood
KirkleesKyle and Carrick1
LambethLancaster
LeicesterLewes
Lewisham3Lichfield
LiverpoolLivingston (DC)1
LlanelliLochaber1
Lothian2Luton
MacclesfieldMaidstone
MaldonMansfield
MedinaMelton
MendipMerton
Mid BedfordshireMidlothian1
Mid SuffolkMid Sussex
Milton KeynesMole Valley
Monklands1Mongomery
MorayMotherwell1
Nairn1Neath
NewarkNewbury
Newcastle-under-LymeNithsdale1
NorthamptonNorthavon
North BedfordshireNorth Cornwall
North East DerbyNorth East Fife1
North HertfordshireNorth Kesteven
North Shropshire3North Tyneside
North WarwickshireNorth West Leicester
North WiltshireNottingham
NuneatonOgwr
OrkneyPerth and Kinross1
PeterboroughPurbeck
RadnorRedbridge
RedditchReigate and Banstead
Renfrew1Rhuddlan
RichmondshireRichmond-upon-Thames
Rochester on MedwayRochford
Ross and Cromarty1Rossendale3
RotherRoxburgh1
RugbyRushcliffe
RushmoorRutland
SalfordSandwell
Scottish Homes1Scunthorpe
SedgefieldSefton
SelbySevenoaks
ShetlandSkye and Lochalsh1
SloughSolihull
South BedfordshireSouth Bucks
South CambridgeshireSouth Derbyshire
Southend on SeaSouth Holland
South Kesteven4South Lakeland
South NorthantsSouth Oxfordshire
South RibbleSouth Shropshire
South StaffordshireSouth Tyneside
SouthwarkSouth Wight
SpelthorneStaffs. Moorland
St. AlbansSterwartry1
St. HelensStirling1
StockportStoke on Trent
Stratford on AvonStrathkelvin1
StroudSuffolk Coastal
Sutherland1Sutton
SwaleTameside
TamworthTandridge
Tayside2Tendring
Test ValleyTewesbury
ThanetThe Wrekin
Three RiversTower Hamlets
TraffordTweeddale1
Vale of White HorseWakefield
WalsallWaltham Forest
WandsworthWansbeck
WansdykeWatford
WaverleyWellingborough4
Western IslesWest Lothian1
WestminsterWest Oxfordshire
West WiltshireWigtown1
WinchesterWindsor and Maidenhead
WirralWokingham
WolverhamptonWoodspring
WorthingWycombe
Local authorities operating a total disregard scheme for war disablement pensions only
BathBlaby
BlackburnBolton
BromleyBury
CambridgeCorby
DoncasterDudley
East StaffordshireExeter
GrimsbyHambleton
HaveringMiddlesbrough
NewportOldham
Ribble ValleySouthampton
South SomersetStevenage
Stockton on TeesTorbay
TorfaenTunbridge Wells
Vale RoyalYork
Local authorities operating a total disregard scheme for war widows' pensions only
Castle Morpeth
Chester
Kirkaldy1
Monmouth
Thurrock
Local authorities not operating a total disregard scheme for war disablement and war widows' pensions
AdurAlnwick
Alyn and DeesideAylesbury Vale
BaberghBarking
BarnetBarnsley
Barrow in FurnessBasildon
Basildon (DC)1Berwick-upon-Tweed
BeverleyBexley
Blyth ValleyBolsover
BoothferryBournemouth
BrecklandBrecknock
BridgnorthBristol
BroadlandBromsgrove
CamdenCannock Chase
CanterburyCaradon
CarmarthenChester le Street
ChichesterChorley
City of LondonCleethorpes
ColchesterCorby New Town1
CrawleyCroydon
Cynon ValleyDarlington
DerbyDerbyshire Dales
DerwentsideDinefwr
DoverDurham
DwyforEasington
EastbourneEast Hampshire
East LindseyEast Northampton
EnfleldFareham
FenlandFylde
GatesheadGravesham
GreenwichHaringey
HarrogateHart
HastingsHavant
High PeakHillingdon
HoldernessKerrier
KetteringKingston upon Hull
Kingston upon ThamesKnowsley
LangbaurghLeeds
LeominsterLincoln
Lliw ValleyMalvern Hills
ManchesterMeirionnydd
Merthyr TydfilMid Devon
Newcastle upon TyneNew Forest
NewhamNorth Devon
North DorsetNorth Norfolk
NorwichOadby and Wigston
OswestryOxford
PendlePenwith
PlymouthPoole
PortsmouthPort Talbot
PreseliPreston
ReadingRestormel
RhonddaRhymney Valley
RochdaleRotherham
RunnymedeRural Wales1
RyedaleSalisbury
ScarboroughSedgemoor
SheffieldShepway
Shrewsbury and AtchamSouth Hams
South HerefordshireSouth Norfolk
South PembrokeshireStafford
St. EdmundsburyStrathclyde2
SunderlandSurrey Heath
SwanseaTaff-Ely
Taunton DeaneTeesdale
TeignbridgeTelford1
ThamesdownTonbridge and Mailing
TorridgeTynedale
UttlesfordVale of Glamorgan
WarringtonWarrington (DC)1
WarwickWaveney
WealdenWear Valley
Welwyn HatfieldWest Devon
West DorsetWest Lancashire
West LindseyWest Norfolk
West SomersetWeymouth and Portland
WiganWoking
WorcesterWrexham Maelor
WychavonWyre
Wyre ForestYnys Mon
1 Denotes those authorities responsible for housing benefit only.
2 Denotes those authorities responsible for community charge benefit only.
3 Denotes those authorities responsible for both benefits but who operate a scheme for housing benefit only.
4 Denotes those authorities responsible for both benefits but who operate a scheme for community charge benefit only.