Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Severe Disability Premium on 2nd March 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 from 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-
(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 [pursuant to his reply, 22 January 1987, c. 711–12]: The intention is that the severe disability premium would not be payable if, among other conditions, the claimant had a partner or a non-
People would normally be regarded as still members of the same household during short absences, particularly if there was an intention to return. Where this was not the case, the claim would be reassessed.
Finally, a person employed by a charity or other organisation (but not a local authority) who lived with the claimant in order to care for him or his partner would not be regarded as a non-
We intend that the draft housing benefit regulations which have been issued to the local authority associations for consultation will be amended to make these points clear.
We are separately assessing alternative proposals to the severe disability premium put to us by organisations representing disabled people.