§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now introduce legislation to provide that attendance allowance be paid fully for the first six months of a sickness which is deemed to be within the other criteria relevant to paying attendance allowances.503W
§ Mr. Newton
As was explained to the hon. Member on 31 January 1983—[Vol. 36, c.27]—the purpose of attendance allowance is to help severely disabled people who have long-term attendance needs. We could give no priority to removing the six months qualifying condition for the allowance.