§ Miss Quennell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is aware that the earnings limit for chronically handicapped people was last set at £2 per week in 1966 for those not in possession of supplementary benefit and whether 317W he will review this figure, in view of the passage of time.
§ Mr. Dean
I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the £2 disregard of part-time earnings fixed in 1966 for supplementary benefit purposes. We intend to review this figure, together with the other disregards, at an appropriate time. This year we have, however, given priority to general increases in supplementary benefit which, as from October, will help all handicapped people in receipt of benefit whether or not they have any earnings.