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Mr. Burt : This information is not available.

Benefit Changes

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list each change to social security benefits since 1979, with the amount of savings or expenditure for each change (a) at the original figure and (b) uprated to 1994 prices.

Mr. Hague : The main developments in social security since the second world war--together with details of expenditure by benefit since 1979--are set out in "The Growth of Social Security" which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State published last year.

Industrial Injury Benefits

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list each change to the eligibility conditions for benefits under the industrial injuries scheme since 1979.

Mr. Hague : The main changes were :

1983 Injury Benefit abolished and the qualifying period for Disablement Benefit reduced from 26 weeks to 15 weeks ;

1986 Threshold for Disablement Benefit raised to 14 per cent. (except for certain respiratory diseases for which the threshold remained at 1 per cent.) ;

Reduced Earnings Allowance introduced to replace Special Hardship Allowance ;

1987 Unemployability Supplement and Hospital Treatment Allowance abolished ;

1988 Industrial Death Benefit abolished ;

1989 Retirement Allowance (RA) introduced to replace Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA) when a person of pension age gives up regular employment ;

1990 REA and RA abolished from 1 October.

Automatic Benefit Payments

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he proposes to invite tenders for the supply of automatic benefits cash payments ; whether he proposes


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to make changes for the use of automatic benefit payments machines ; and whether the location of such machines will be confined to premises which are part of the Post Office Counters network.

Mr. Hague : The Benefits Agency is exploring options to involve the private sector in the project to automate the payment of benefits through post offices. This project will involve linking post offices with the Benefits Agency to enable the positive authorisation of benefits at the point of payment, but transactions will still be carried out by post office clerks. We have no plans to instal automatic teller machines in post offices or elsewhere to pay benefits. The question of charges for machines does not therefore apply.

War Pension Appeals

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many war pension appeals are currently outstanding in the northern region ; and if he will publish a breakdown of the length of time for which these appeals have been outstanding.

Mr. Hague : I understand from Mr. Peter Mathison, the chief executive of the War Pensions Agency, that the information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Income Support

Mr. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how people aged (a) between 65 and 74, (b) between 75 and 84 and (c) over 85 years of age in receipt of income support live in each of post code areas SK1 to SK8 in the metropolitan borough of Stockport.

Mr. Burt : The administration of income support is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available. Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr. Andrew Bennett, dated 21 July 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking about pensioners in particular age groups in specified postal districts of Stockport. Unfortunately the information you have requested is not available. We do not routinely collect statistics on Income Support (IS) customers in a way which would enable me to provide the details you require for postal districts SK1 to SK8. The information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. To obtain the information would entail an examination of every case in the Stockport area ; currently 24,709 cases.

However, I am able to give you the number of Income Support customers aged 60 and over who are in receipt of various pensioner premiums from the Stockport Benefits Agency District. The District covers a larger area than SK1 to SK8. Some customers of 60 years of age and over may be in other statistical groups, such as those in nursing or residential care homes. These customers do not receive the pensioner premiums and will therefore not be included in these figures. The latest information available is for 30 June 1994 and is in the attached appendix.

I hope you find this reply helpful.


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Persons by age group in receipt of a                   

pensioner premium in Stockport District.               

                                         |Number       

-------------------------------------------------------

Customer or partner 80 or over receiving               

 higher pensioner premium                |2,906        

Customer or partner under 80 receiving                 

 higher pensioner premium                |630          

Customer or partner aged 75-79 receiving               

 enhanced pensioner premium              |1,006        

Customer or partner aged 60-74 receiving               

 pensioner premium                       |3,023        

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects benefit cases deferred pending decisions on the Thomas case to be resolved ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : Benefit cases affected by the ruling of the European Court in the case of Thomas are being considered on an ongoing basis ; any arrears due are being awarded and paid.

Mr. Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many income support claimants are registered at the Chesterfield, Buxton, Ilkeston, Derby (Beckett Street), Derby (London Road) and Sutton Benefits Agency offices as at March 1994 ; and how many at each of these were (a) income support claimants signing on as unemployed, (b) pensioners, (c) income support claimants receiving a lone parent premium, (d) those receiving a disability premium, (e) those receiving a carer's premium and (f) those receiving a severe disability premium.

Mr. Burt : Further to his letter of 21 June 1994 Mr. Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency, has written again to the hon. Member with corrected information.

Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr. Harry Barnes, dated 21 July 1994 :

I am writing, further to my reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, about the number of income support recipients in each client group in the Derbyshire area (OR. Col. 184-185). Unfortunately, due to a clerical error, some of the information supplied to you in respect of the Buxton, Chesterfield and Ilkeston Benefit Agency offices was inaccurate. I have appended below the corrected information.


                    |Number       

----------------------------------

Buxton Office                     

Unemployed cases    |855          

Pensioner premium   |982          

Lone parent premium |351          

Disability premium  |201          

                                  

Chesterfield Office               

Lone parent premium |2,948        

Disability premium  |1,766        

                                  

Ilkeston Office                   

Unemployed cases    |5,160        

I hope you find this reply helpful and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience that this error may have caused.

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give the number of people claiming income support in Scotland by (a) gender and (b) age for the latest month for which figures are available.


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Mr. Burt : The information is in the table :


Income support recipients in Scotland by age  

and gender                                    

Age of the   |Men       |Women                

claimant     |000s      |000s                 

----------------------------------------------

16-19        |16        |15                   

20-29        |75        |68                   

30-39        |51        |47                   

40-49        |36        |26                   

50-59        |28        |21                   

60-69        |26        |27                   

70-79        |11        |43                   

80 and above |11        |52                   

All Ages     |255       |297                  

Notes:                                        

1. Source: Income Support Statistics          

Quarterly Enquiry August 1993.                

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest   

thousand.                                     

3. The figures show the number of recipients  

at the time of the Enquiry.                   

They do not include partners or dependants.   

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what guidance has been issued to adjudication officers for the purpose of interpreting SI, 1994, No. 1004, amending schedule 3 of the Income Support (General) Regulations, if increased housing costs are not reflected in income support levels ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Burt : A memorandum to the adjudication officers' guide was issued. The contents of the memorandum will be incorporated into the adjudication officers' guide from September 1994.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what income support will be payable where a person has joint and several liability for a mortgage, is unmarried and is entitled to benefit where a person with income leaves the mortgaged property and all the housing costs are met by the claimant.

Mr. Burt : An income support claimant who has joint and several liability for a mortgage can receive help with all the eligible housing costs for the home if he or she becomes responsible for meeting them all.

Pension

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to increase the pension supplement for 80-year-olds.

Mr. Hague : The 25p age addition to state retirement pension paid to people who are over 80 was introduced in 1971. No Government have increased the age addition since its introduction and there are no plans to do so.

Subject Access Requests

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many subject access requests were received by his Department in the last year ; what estimate he has as to the percentage of those requests which were enforced subject access requests ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : The Department has received a total of 14,059 subject access requests to the year ending 30 June 1994. It is estimated that 90 per cent. of the 13,109 subject access requests made of the national insurance recording system are of the type that have become known as enforced subject access requests. I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 18 July at columns 50-51.


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Housing Benefit

Mr. Bates : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the cost to each local authority of its disregard scheme in relation to housing benefit for war disablement and war widow's pensions in the latest year for which figures are available (a) in total and (b) per head of population in that area.

Mr. Hague : I will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Soley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total spent in housing benefit for each year since 1989.

Mr. Hague : The information is in the table :


Housing benefit          

expenditure              

£ million                

Year       |Number       

-------------------------

1988-89    |3,773        

1989-90    |4,282        

1990-91    |4,942        

1991-92    |5,997        

1992-93    |7,604        

<1>1993-94 |8,821        

<1> Estimate.            

Source: Social Security  

Departmental             

Report-March 1994.       

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total housing benefit paid in respect of private rented properties in the financial years 1992-93 and 1993-94 ; and what is the predicted figure for 1994-95.

Mr. Hague : The information is in the table :


Year                          |1992-93  |1993-94  |1994-95            

                              |outturn  |estimated|plans              

                                        |outturn                      

                              |£ million|£ million|£ million          

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Total housing benefit paid in                                         

 respect of private rented                                            

 properties                   |3,257    |3,817    |4,320              

Source: Social Security Departmental Report-March 1994.               

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give the number of people claiming housing benefit in Scotland in the first quarter of each year since 1990.

Mr. Hague : The information is as follows :


Thousands                           

Date          |Housing              

              |benefit              

              |recipients           

------------------------------------

February 1990 |563                  

February 1991 |540                  

February 1992 |543                  

February 1993 |550                  

February 1994 |553                  

Data source:                        

The housing benefit management      

information system quarterly        

caseload                            

count of February in each year.     

Notes:                              

1. The figures are rounded to the   

nearest thousand and are for        

benefit                             

units. A benefit unit may be a      

single person or a couple.          

2. Estimates are included for       

non-responding authorities.         


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Mr. Soley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the annual estimated cost of total housing benefit expenditure in 1994-95 if the average rent paid by recipients was £72 per week.

Mr. Hague : The estimated outturn for 1994-95 on current rent levels is £10 billion. It is estimated that an average rent of £72 would increase expenditure by a further £10 billion. The latest statistics show that the average local authority rent is £34 and the average private sector rent is £50.

Source : Local authority quarterly statistical returns February 1994.

Bronchitis and Emphysema

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many applications the Festival Park Benefits Agency office, Stoke on Trent has received in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema ; and of those, how many have (a) been accepted on first application, (b) been refused, (c) gone to appeal and (d) been accepted following an appeal.

Mr. Hague : The administration of industrial injuries disablement benefit is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available.

Letter from Michael Bichard to Ms Joan Walley, dated 21 July 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about how many applications for chronic bronchitis and emphysema the Festival Park Benefits Agency Office, Stoke on Trent has received and of those how many have (a) been accepted on first application, (b) been refused, (c) gone to appeal and (d) been accepted following appeal.

Firstly I should like to explain that all questions arising on claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) are decided by independent adjudicating authorities. Lay questions are decided by an Adjudication Officer (AO) and, on appeal, by a Social Security Appeal Tribunal (SSAT). Generally speaking, medical questions are decided first by an Adjudicating Medical Authority (AMA) and, on appeal, by a Medical Appeal Tribunal (MAT). In prescribed disease claims, however, the first of the medical questions, ie. the diagnosis question, my be disallowed by an AO based on medical evidence ; in that event, the customer can appeal, first to an AMA and then to a MAT.

The information you ask for is not available in the format requested. This is because Festival Park Benefits Agency Office is a medical boarding centre for respiratory diseases MBC(RD) and can only provide figures relating to medical questions. The attached table gives statistics which relate to the Benefits Agency's North Staffordshire District which covers Stoke on Trent North, Stoke on Trent South and Newcastle Staffordshire.

The figures have been obtained from a 100 per cent. count. I hope you find this reply helpful.


Chronic bronchitis and emphysema-North Staffordshire District                       

Claims information                            |Numbers                              

to 17 July 1994                                                                     

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Claims received                               |1,736                                

Disallowed on prescription<1>                 |113                                  

Disallowed on medical grounds<2>              |1,241                                

Assessed at 14 per cent. or over<3>           |196                                  

Number of appeals on prescription             |9                                    

 Succesful                                    |0                                    

 Unsuccessful                                 |0                                    

Number of appeals to Medical Appeal Tribunals |30                                   

 Successful                                   |0                                    

 Unsuccesful                                  |0                                    

Number of appeals to Special Medical Boards   |174                                  

 Successful                                   |11                                   

 Unsuccessful                                 |117                                  

<1> Claims disallowed on prescription are those where the customer has              

not worked underground in a coal mine for a period of at least 20                   

years.                                                                              

<2> Claims disallowed on medical advice include customers:                          

with insufficient lung function loss;                                               

where category 1 pneumoconiosis has not been diagnosed and;                         

Where chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema has not been                              

diagnosed.                                                                          

<3> Claims assessed at 14 per cent. or more will result in an award of              

benefit.                                                                            

Note: Not all claims/appeals received will have been decided by 17 July             

1994.                                                                               

411. Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make it his policy that all X-rays used in evidence in respect of claims from miners for chronic bronchitis and emphysema to be soft and not hard exposure X-rays ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommended the use of the International Labour Organisation classification for chest radiography in deciding claims for chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The ILO classification is used extensively throughout the world and is generally accepted as an appropriate measure of coal dust retention.

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will reconsider the criteria for eligibility to industrial injuries disablement benefit arising from chronic bronchitis and emphysema ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : The Government are advised on the prescription of diseases under the industrial injuries scheme by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, an independent body of experts. We accepted and implemented in full the council's recommendations on the terms of prescription of chronic bronchitis and emphysema in coal miners as a disease for which industrial injuries disablement benefit can be paid.

The council plans to review the situation after a suitable period of operation.

Benefits (Budgets)

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total budget for (a) benefit take-up campaigns and (b) benefit fraud detection in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Hague : The total amount spent on take up campaigns in the 1993- 94 financial year was approximately £5.2 million.

The total amount spent on fraud detection in the 1992-93 financial year was approximately £72 million. Figures for 1993-94 are not yet available.

Benefits Agency

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list all the Benefits Agency offices in England, with the name of the manager, show the number of persons employed and the number of claimants receiving benefit through these offices.

Mr. Burt : The administration of the Benefits Agency is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available.


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Letter from, Michael Bichard to Mr. David Hinchliffe, dated 21 July 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking if he will list all the Benefits Agency offices in England together with the name of the manager, the number of staff employed and the number of persons receiving benefit from each office.

I have attached at Table 1 information relating to each Benefits Agency District giving each managers name and the


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most recent staff in post figures. At Table 2 I have provided details of the numbers of people receiving benefit in each District. However, it should be noted that a person may be in receipt of more than one benefit at any one time and may therefore appear in these figures more than once.

These tables have been placed in the Library as one document under the heading Department of Social Security, Benefits Agency, Staff in Post and Numbers Receiving Benefit by Benefits Agency District in England.

I hope you find this information helpful.


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Annex 1                                                                                                                                 

Statistics for respective business areas are provided for month ending June 1994. Figures in brackets are year to date (YTD)            

achievement.                                                                                                                            

Business area                     |Targets                          |Performance                                                        

                                                                    |Per cent.                                                          

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DLA claims-Normal Rules           |Primary-68 per cent. in 30 days  |72  (75)                                                           

                                  |Secondary-85 per cent. in 53 days|94  (95)                                                           

DLA Claims-Special Rules          |80 per cent. in 10 days          |91  (92)                                                           

DLA Reviews                       |Primary-60 per cent. in 55 days  |81  (84)                                                           

                                  |Secondary-80 per cent. in 75 days|93  (94)                                                           

DLA Appeals                       |Primary-60 per cent. in 30 days  |75  (75)                                                           

                                  |Secondary-90 per cent. in 60 days|90  (91)                                                           

AA Claims-Normal Rules            |Primary-60 per cent. in 35 days  |76  (82)                                                           

                                  |Secondary-90 per cent. in 60 days|97  (97)                                                           

AA Claims-Special Rules           |80 per cent. in 10 days          |89  (86)                                                           

AA Reviews                        |Primary-60 per cent. in 61 days  |83  (89)                                                           

                                  |Secondary 85 per cent. in 81 days|95  (97)                                                           

AA Appeals                        |Primary-70 per cent. in 28 days  |79  (89)                                                           

                                  |Secondary-95 per cent. in 89 days|100  (99)                                                          

Independent Tribunal Service

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many persons are employed by the independent tribunal service ; and what is their current case load for (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance appeal cases.

Mr. Hague : I am informed that the independent tribunal service employs 868 full-time staff. The information regarding caseload is not available in the form requested. The current caseload of the disability appeal tribunals, which hear appeals against disability living allowance and attendance allowance is 13,291.

D. Gale

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 21 June, Official Report , column 147, on the case of D. Gale, when the president of the independent tribunal service will write to the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford.

Mr. Burt : I understand from the president of the independent tribunal service that a reply was sent to the hon. Member on 20 July.

Benefits (Young People)

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many 16 and 17-year-olds were in receipt of benefit in each month since January 1988.

Mr. Burt : The information requested is not held centrally. However, the table shows the numbers of 16 and 17-year-olds in receipt of income support. This includes both those who are paid under the severe hardship provision and those who have automatic entitlement subject to the normal rules (eg lone parents).


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In addition, 16 and 17-year-olds may be entitled to other benefits including housing benefit, severe disability allowance, child benefit and others.


Number of 16 and 17-year-olds in receipt of 

income support                              

            |Aged 16|Aged 17|Total          

--------------------------------------------

May 1988    |32,000 |69,000 |101,000        

May 1989    |5,000  |13,000 |18,000         

May 1990    |4,000  |17,000 |21,000         

May 1991    |6,000  |16,000 |22,000         

May 1992    |8,000  |22,000 |30,000         

May 1993    |9,000  |26,000 |35,000         

August 1993 |9,000  |27,000 |36,000         

Notes:                                      

1. All figures have been rounded to the     

nearest thousand.                           

2. Figures have been taken from the Annual  

Statistical Enquiries from                  

1988-1992 and from the Quarterly Enquiries  

of May and August 1993.                     

Belling Group

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received regarding the nedd to tighten the regulation of company pension schemes from former employees of the Belling Group ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : The hon. Member wrote in May expressing concerns about some aspects of the arrangements for winding up the Belling pension plan. This Department has also received letters on the subject. I am confident that our proposals for changes to the legislation affecting occupational pension schemes set out in the White Paper, "Security, Equality, Choice : the Future for Pensions", Cm 2594, will reduce the prospect of similar concerns arising in future.


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Widowers' Benefits

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will change the DSS regulations to enable a widower to receive exactly the same entitlement to benefits as a widow.

Mr. Hague : We have no plans to do so.

Disallowed Benefit Claims

Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims for invalidity benefit and disability premium were disallowed in each quarter since mid-1993 ; how many appeals against refusal of such benefits were successful and how many unsuccessful ; and what the comparable quarterly figures were for the previous two years.

Mr. Hague : Information is not available in the form requested, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Such information as is available is in the tables.


Benefits for incapacity: disallowances following    

reference to the                                    

Benefits Agency medical service<1>                  

Quarter ending    |Disallowances<2>                 

----------------------------------------------------

30 June 1993      |15,000                           

30 September 1993 |21,000                           

31 December 1993  |18,000                           

<1> Includes sickness benefit, invalidity benefit,  

severe disablement                                  

allowance, and people claiming these benefits but   

receiving only national                             

insurance credits with or without income support.   

<2> Based on a 5 per cent. sample of cases referred 

to the Benefits Agency                              

Medical Service, rounded to the nearest thousand.   


Appeals decided by social security appeal tribunals: invalidity benefit       

Quarter ending    |Appeals head  |Successful    |Unsuccessful                 

                  |and decided                                                

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30 September 1991 |1,107         |570           |537                          

31 December 1991  |1,240         |622           |618                          

31 March 1992     |1,474         |748           |726                          

30 June 1992      |1,311         |681           |630                          

30 September 1992 |1,236         |670           |566                          

31 December 1992  |1,367         |757           |610                          

31 March 1993     |1,436         |782           |654                          

30 June 1993      |1,800         |931           |869                          

30 September 1993 |2,961         |1,628         |1,333                        

31 December 1993  |3,225         |1,865         |1,360                        

Rent Allowance

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many recipients there were of rent allowance housing benefit in private rented properties at 31 March 1992, 31 March 1993 and 31 March 1994 ; what was the average rent of such properties ; and what was the average rent allowance being paid.


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Mr. Hague : The available information for Great Britain is in the table.


                |Rent           |Average        |Average                        

                |allowance      |eligible       |rent                           

                |receipts       |rent           |allowance                      

Date            |<1><2>Thousands|<2>£           |<2>£                           

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

May 1992        |1,292          |42.20          |38.39                          

May 1993        |1,480          |46.62          |43.13                          

February 1994   |1,619          |49.59          |45.99                          

Data source:                                                                    

The housing benefit management information system quarterly caseload            

data for May 1992 and 1993 and February 1994, the latest date for               

which information is available.                                                 

Notes:                                                                          

<1>The number of recipients includes those in housing association and           

other privately rented properties, is rounded to the nearest one                

thousand and relates to benefit units. A benefit unit may be a couple           

or a single person.                                                             

<2>Estimates are included for non-responding authorities.                       

Disability Benefits

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the change, in real terms, in the value of each disability benefit payable to an individual from its inception to the present date or until it was merged into other benefits, as appropriate.

Mr. Hague : The information is in the tables.


Attendance allowance (See note (1))                                      

Level                    |Higher         |Lower                          

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Date of inception        |6 December 1971|4 June 1973                    

Rate at inception        |£4.80          |£3.60                          

Current rate (1994-95                                                    

 prices)                 |£45.70         |£30.55                         

Real terms cash increase                                                 

 (1994-95 prices)        |£12.57         |£8.59                          

Percentage real terms                                                    

 increase                |38             |39.1                           


=

Mobility allowance (See note (2))                            

                                                 |£          

-------------------------------------------------------------

Date of inception 1 January 1976                             

Rate at inception                                |5.00       

Rate when last paid in 1991-92                   |29.10      

Real terms cash increase from inception to 1991-             

 92                                              |12.30      

Percentage real terms increase from inception to             

 1991-92                                         |63.90      


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Disability living allowance                                                                                             

Component and level |Rate of benefit    |Current rate of    |Real terms cash    |Real terms                             

                    |from inception in  |benefit in April   |increase from      |percentage increase                    

                    |April 1992         |1994               |inception to       |from inception to                      

                                                            |1994-95            |1994-95                                

                    |£                  |£                  |£                                                          

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Care component                                                                                                          

  Higher            |43.35              |45.70              |0.66               |1.5                                    

  Middle            |28.95              |30.55              |0.47               |1.6                                    

  Lower             |11.55              |12.15              |0.15               |1.3                                    

                                                                                                                        

Mobility component                                                                                                      

  Highest           |30.30              |31.95              |0.47               |1.5                                    

  Lowest            |11.55              |12.15              |0.15               |1.3                                    


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Disability working allowance (see note 3)                                                          

                        |Rate of       |Current       |Real increase |Percentage                   

                        |allowance/    |rate of       |in rate of    |real increase                

                        |applicable    |allowance/    |allowance/    |in allowance/                

                        |amount from   |applicable    |applicable    |applicable                   

                        |inception in  |amount in     |amount (£)    |amount                       

                        |April 1992 (£)|April 1994 (£)                                             

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Adult allowance                                                                                    

  Single person         |42.40         |46.05         |1.38          |3.1                          

  Couple or lone parent |58.80         |63.75         |1.80          |2.9                          

Child allowances                                                                                   

  Age under 11          |10.40         |11.20         |0.24          |2.2                          

  Age 11-15             |17.25         |18.55         |0.38          |2.1                          

  Age 16-17             |21.45         |23.05         |0.45          |2.0                          

  Age 18                |29.90         |32.20         |0.70          |2.2                          

Applicable amounts                                                                                 

  Single person         |39.95         |43.00         |0.91          |2.2                          

  Couple or lone parent |66.60         |71.70         |1.53          |2.2                          

Notes:                                                                                             

(1) Attendance allowance was replaced from April 1992 by the care component of disability living   

allowance for people disabled before age 65.                                                       

(2) Mobility allowance was replaced from April 1992 by the mobility component of disability living 

allowance.                                                                                         

(3) Disability working allowance was introduced in April 1992 for people aged 16 or over who are   

working 16 hours a week or more and have an                                                        

illness or disability which puts them at a disadvantage in getting a job. The amount of DWA        

payable depends on the make up of the family and the                                               

income and capital. The table shows the value of the allowances and the applicable amounts in      

April 1992 and April 1994, and the real terms increases                                            

over the period.                                                                                   

(4) The retail price index has been used to calculate the real terms cash and percentage increases 

for attendance allowance, mobility allowance and                                                   

disability living allowance. ROSSI (RPI less housing costs) has been used to calculate the         

corresponding figures for disability working allowance.                                            

Restart

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many (a) men and (b) women have had their benefit cut for failure to attend a restart course in Great Britain (i) as a whole and (ii) in each region.


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