HC Deb 05 April 1976 vol 909 cc54-5W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what financial help local offices of her Department are allowed to give to assist diabetics with the cost of their diet; and when the financial scale of this provision was last reviewed and adjusted.

Mr. Meacher

A special addition of £1.35 a week is added to the requirements of a diabetic in calculating his entitlement to supplementary benefit. This addition, which is intended to cover the extra cost over and above normal expenditure on food, was increased to its present level in November 1975 and is currently under review.

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