§ 7. Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to make disabled persons eligible for benefits equivalent to long-term supplementary benefit after being unemployed for the same period after which able-bodied persons qualify for the long term rate.
§ 47. Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list: the total amounts paid in each of the past five years in cash benefits for the disabled; and whether this represents an increase in real terms.
§ Mr. Rossi
The information requested is as follows. It includes benefits paid to the long-term sick as well as to disabled people, as defined in table 2.12.2, page 62 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1983–84 to 1985–86"—Cmnd. 8789-II. It shows a real increase in expenditure of 19 per cent. over the five-year period.
Year Cash £ million At 1981–82 Prices 1977–78 1,470 2,390 1978–79 1,730 2,600 1979–80 2,040 2,650 1980–81 2,410 2,680 1981–82 2,840 2,840