§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to provide help and support for 18-year-olds who are leaving care.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Eighteen-year-olds leaving care can qualify for income support and housing benefit, and for community charge rebates in Scotland, in the normal way. In addition, from July we propose to disregard totally any payments to young people who have been in care made by 491W local authorities under section 27 and 29 of the Child Care Act 1980 (or sections 24 and 26 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968).