HC Deb 16 April 1962 vol 658 cc21-2
30. Mrs. Castle

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will now abolish the upper limit of disregards under the National Assistance Act, 1948, for all payments in respect of war and industrial disabilities.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No, Sir. The upper limit was raised substantially in 1959.

Mrs. Castle

Does not the Minister agree that these payments for industrial injury and war injury are compensation for loss of faculty and enjoyment of life and, as such, ought to be additional to ordinary social security payments such as widows' and old-age pensions? Will he, therefore, reconsider the question as a matter of justice?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Some weight is given to that consideration in the fact that these are, as I have no doubt the hon. Lady knows, the largest of the disregards. On the other hand, the further one takes this business of disregards the further one separates entitlement to assistance from the relief of need.