HC Deb 24 October 1972 vol 843 cc229-30W
50. Sir D. Walker-Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now introduce legislation to ease the conditions in Section IV(2) of the National Insurance (Old Persons and Widows Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Act, 1970, in respect of attendance allowance.

Sir K. Joseph

The National Insurance Act, 1972, contains provision to extend the scope of the attendance allowance in four phases, by age groups, to provide a lower-rate allowance for about 250,000 severely disabled people who need help by day or at night. Claims from the first age group will be invited towards the end of next month.