§ Mr. Golding
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the Staffordshire Federation of Women's Institutes on the question of single women caring for sick and elderly parents; and what has been his reply.
§ Mr. Alison
The Federation has invited me to comment on the proposition that single women who relinquish paid employment to care for sick and infirm parents in the home should receive some payment from the State for their service. In my reply I shall be pointing out that52W supplementary benefit is already available if needed. I shall also be referring to the new attendance allowance, payable from the end of this year, which will help in some of these cases.