§ Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will extend the £10 increase in allowable fees, for people in nursing homes, due in April, to sufferers from Alzheimer's disease and those judged to be suffering from terminal illness.
§ Mr. Burt
No. The terminal illness limit is not necessarily paid only to those who are terminally ill within the accepted definition of that term. Resources are better directed to the other limits.
From April 1993, under the community care scheme, all new residents of nursing homes who need public support will have their needs assessed by the local authority, which will contract with individual homes for their fees.