HC Deb 17 December 1982 vol 34 cc288-9W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why disabled unemployed ex-Service men are not entitled to full supplementary benefit when they are simultaneously receiving a war pension due to the disability that they have suffered.

Mr. Rossi

Supplementary benefit is a means-tested benefit designed to provide support for people who are without resources or whose resources are insufficient to meet their needs. In determining entitlement, therefore, account is normally taken of any income which a person has. Certain types of income are, however, subject to a disregard, in recognition of their special nature. The first £4 of a war disablement pension is disregarded, as is the whole of any constant attendance allowance paid with a war pension.