HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 c47W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to provide financial support for partners and close relatives of terminally ill people. [102537]

Mr. Bayley

A person who is diagnosed as terminally ill can be awarded, among other benefits, the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or the higher rate of Attendance Allowance. This award may entitle someone caring for that person, including a partner or close relative, to Invalid Care Allowance and, if appropriate the carer premium of Income Support.

The National Carers strategy commits us to keeping financial support for carers under review, which we are doing.