HC Deb 08 May 2002 vol 385 c245

10.7 pm

Mr. Bob Laxton (Derby, North)

I wish to present to the House a petition in the name of 3,769 constituents from the Derby patients council and residents of Derby. It declares that the present level of personal benefit allowance for long-stay patients drops to £14.50 per week after 52 weeks in hospital; and that this is grossly inadequate and demeaning for people whose home is a hospital. The Petitioners Therefore Request that the House of Commons urge the Government to introduce legislation to immediately double the allowance to £29 per week, and to review the aspect of this benefit system with the aim of ensuring that all long stay patients receive a level of allowance which meets their needs. And the Petitioners Remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

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