HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 c663W
48. Mr. Dykes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the invalid care allowance is not paid to disabled married women.

Mr. Alfred Morris

It is for the reason that invalid care allowance is a non-contributory maintenance benefit for men and single women of working age who are potential breadwinners and who stay at home to look after a severely disabled relative receiving attendance allowance. Disabled married women of working age may be eligible for invalidity benefit or the new non-contributory invalidity pension for married women incapable of normal household duties. They may also be eligible for attendance allowance and mobility allowance.