§ 40. Sir George Young
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much spending on the long-term sick and disabled has changed since 1979.
§ Mr. Scott
In 1979–80 expenditure on benefits and services for long-term sick and disabled people provided direct by the Department is estimated to have totalled £2,160 million. Latest estimates are that such expenditure in 1986–87 was about £6,130 million, an increase in real terms of 70 per cent.
Information on provision of services by health authorities and by local authorities specifically to this group is not available.