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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on the Severe Disability Premium

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on the Severe Disability Premium on 22nd January 1987.


Mr. Alfred Morris Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will define the term household for the purposes of eligibility for the severe disability premium; and if the presence of (a) an adult lodger or (b) an adult subtenant of the claimant will disqualify the claimant for the premium;

(2) if a disabled person receiving attendance allowance will be eligible for the severe disability premium if the only other adult member of the household is unable to provide assistance to that person on account of age or disability;

(3) if a disabled person receiving attendance allowance will be eligible for the severe disability premium for weeks in which the only other adult member of the household is absent from home;

(4) if the presence in the household of a student over 18 years in full-time education for whom no non-dependent deduction from housing benefit is currently made will disqualify a disabled person in receipt of attendance allowance from the severe disability premium;

(5) if a disabled person receiving attendance allowance will be eligible for the severe disability premium for weeks in which the only other adult member of the household has an infectious illness and would endanger the life of the disabled person if he or she provided the care and assistance required by that person.

Mr. Major I shall let the right hon. Member have replies as soon as possible.