§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners in receipt of retirement pensions are caring for dependent members of their family and ineligible for invalid care allowance.
§ Mr. Scott
The information requested is not readily available. Invalid care allowance is intended for people who forgo work opportunities to provide regular and substantial care, and is not normally available to those over pensionable age. However, where entitlement to invalid care allowance has been established before pensionable age it continues to be payable subject to the overlapping benefit rules.