Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Invalid Care Allowance on 13th January 1987.
Mr. Wareing Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received about the restricted time period during which married women could apply for invalid care allowance; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major There is no deadline for applications from married women to receive invalid care allowance from current date, plus up to 12 months arrears subject to qualifying conditions being met. A deadline of 31 December 1986 was, however, fixed for claims attracting arrears back to 22 December 1984, the date of implementation of the European Community's equal treatment directive. To ensure that as many people as possible were aware of this, we arranged an extensive publicity campaign and we have written to 400,000 attendance allowance claimants who are paid by computer. So far 90,000 married women have claimed ICA, but claims are still coming in at the rate of 2,000 a week.
Representations about the deadline for claiming full arrears have been received from the Child Poverty Action Group, the Vice President of the European Parliament, the noble Lord, Lord Ennals, the right hon. Member for Stoke-
Ms. Richardson Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many married women have applied for invalid care allowance in the last few months.
Mr. Major In the period between 23 June 1986, when my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced the intention to extend invalid care allowance to married women, and 19 December 1986, the latest date for which figures are available, 77,000 claims have been received from married women.