§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his plans for changing the homes insulation scheme to help the severely disabled and for publicising the changes involved.
§ Mr. Stanley
As from 31 December the 90 per cent. grants for home insulation currently available for the elderly on low incomes will be extended to the severely disabled on low incomes. To qualify under this extension applicants must be receiving supplementary allowance, rent rebate or allowance, or rate rebate and they, or one of their dependants living with them, must be receiving mobility allowance, attendance allowance, or constant attendance allowance. The appropriate order has been laid before Parliament today.
To assist take-up there will be advertisements in the press, a display of posters in post offices, and a distribution of the leaflet "Save money on loft insulation" to local authorities and organisations in contact with the severely disabled and the elderly.