HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 cc51-2W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in what circumstances the Supplementary Benefits Commission has decided to pay supplementary benefit to physically and mentally handicapped children who are still in receipt of full-time education; what action has been taken to draw this entitlement to the attention of children and their parents; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alfred Morris

The Supplementary Benefits Commission has always been prepared to pay supplementary benefit to young people continuing their full-time education beyond the sixteenth birthday who are so handicapped, physically or mentally, as to be unlikely to be able to work. This is stated in paragraph 6 of the Supplementary Benefits Handbook, which is intended for those advising the parents of such children, including the staffs of special schools.

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