HC Deb 07 February 1986 vol 91 c292W
Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people qualify for supplementary benefit additions for (a) domestic help, (b) heating, (c) disabled persons heating, (d) diet, (e) laundry, (f) special clothing, (g) attendance costs, (h) bathing needs and (i) blindness; and how many people qualify for (i) all of these, (ii) seven to eight of these, (iii) four to six of these, (iv) two in three of these and (v) one of these.

Mr. Newton

[pursuant to his reply, 22 January 1986, c. 234]: Estimated numbers at December 1983, the latest date for which information is available, are as follows:

Number of claimants with additions (thousands)
(a) Domestic assistance 2
(b) Heating (excluding item (c) 2,471
(c) Disabled Person's heating* 116
(d) Diet 429
(e) Laundry 121
(f) Special clothing 22
(g) Attendance needs Lees than 500
(h) Baths 13
(i) Blindness 36
(i) In receipt of all the above additions None
(ii) In receipt of seven to eight None
(iii) In receipt of four to six 6
(iv) In receipt of two to three 460
(v) In receipt of one only 2,206
Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry.

* Payable under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Supplementary Benefit (Requirements) Regulations 1983 (SI 1983 No. 1399).

Includes additions for heavy wear and tear on clothing due to disability and non-standard size clothing and footwear.

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