§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people receive severe disability premium(a) nationally and (b) in those departmental 5W areas covering Islington; and how many people receive income support and attendance allowance but do not receive severe disability premium (i) nationally and (ii) in those departmental areas covering Islington.
§ Mr. Scott
In May 1989, it is estimated that the severe disability premium was included in the benefit calculation of some 70,000 claimants to income support, housing benefit and community charge benefit. At that time some 187,000 claimants in receipt of income support and attendance allowance did not have the severe disability premium. A number of these people would have been refused the premium because someone was getting invalid care allowance in respect of their care; and special benefit calculation rules apply to certain groups such as people in residential care and nursing homes.
Information for Islington is not available.