§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much invalid care allowance would be if it had been indexed to earnings since its introduction. 
§ Maria Eagle
The information is in the table.
Estimated value of the weekly rate of invalid care allowance in April 2003 if it had been indexed to earnings from its introduction in July 1976 £ Weekly rate in July 1976 Weekly rate in April 2003 Weekly rate in April 2003 if indexed to earnings from July 1976 7.90 43.15 54.75
Average Earnings Index Whole Economy (Non Seasonally Adjusted) as published by the Office of National Statistics.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest five pence at each uprating.
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