§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will enable regular financial help from the National Society of Cancer Relief of up to £1.50 weekly to be disregarded in assessments of supplementary benefit payable to cancer victims in receipt of this help.
§ Mr. Dean
Up to £1 a week of miscellaneous income, including regular payments from charities, can be disregarded in the assessment of supplementary benefit. We have at present no proposals for increasing this statutory amount. But the Supplementary Benefits Commission uses its discretionary powers to ignore additional charitable payments where these are made for specific purposes not covered by the supplementary benefit scale rates.