§ 58. Mr. Stanley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps she is taking to ensure an adequate take up of heating allowances for the elderly and disabled.
§ Mr. Meacher
Allowances for extra heating are a matter for the Supplementary Benefits Commission which reviews the circumstances of all beneficiaries at least annually. Beneficiaries are also invited to contact their local social security office if they have problems with heating bills. Information on extra heating additions is made widely available to social workers and voluntary organisations, and a revised and up-dated print of the leaflet OC2 (Help with Heating Costs) will shortly be available to members of the public at local social security offices.