HC Deb 01 July 1996 vol 280 c323W
Mr. Alan Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the costs of raising the invalid care allowance to(a) the level of unemployment benefit and (b) the level of retirement pension. [34227]

Mr. Burt

The estimated cost, at 1996–97 rates, of raising the rate of invalid care allowance to the levels of unemployment benefit and retirement pension is £150 million a year and £330 million a year respectively.


The rate of invalid care allowance is equivalent to the rate of retirement pension, category B (lower) based on spouse's contributions.

Mr. Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have been disqualified from invalid care allowance during 1995–96 broken down by reason for disqualification. [34226]

Mr. Burt

The information is in the tables.

Disallowed claims 1995–96
Reason Numbers
Claimant under 16 8
Claimant over 65 2,072
Qualifying benefit not in payment 21,818
Caring less than 35 hours a week 201
Gainfully employed 1,891
In receipt of other benefits1 3,119
Other reasons 20,099
Total 49,208
Awards terminated 1995–96
Reason Numbers
Death of disabled person 23,694
Ceased caring 19,002
Qualifying benefit ceased 4,130
Overlapping benefits1 8,607
Gainfully employed 5,390
Other reasons2 6,575
Total 67,398


1Underlying entitlement to invalid care allowance may remain with consequent entitlement to carers premium within the income-related benefits if appropriate.

2"Other reasons" includes disallowances on grounds of residence/presence, full-time education, more than one carer claiming for same disabled person, and carer claiming for more than one disabled person.


Invalid care allowance unit, based on 100 per cent. count of cases subject to amendment.