HC Deb 20 November 1985 vol 87 c218W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what provision is made to provide disability allowances for people who become handicapped after reaching pensionable age.

Mr. Newton

Disability benefits available to someone who becomes handicapped after pensionable age include attendance allowance, if he or she requires frequent or prolonged attention from others, and industrial disablement benefit, if the disability is the result of an accident at work or a prescribed industrial disease. Women may be entitled to mobility allowance if they become unable, or virtually unable, to walk before they reach age 65. The supplementary benefit scheme has provision for certain additional needs of handicapped claimants to be taken into account in calculating their entitlement.