§ Mrs. Ewing
asked the Minister of Social Security what plan she has to grant additional benefit to old persons during periods of severe winter weather for extra fuel.
§ Mr. Pentland
The Supplementary Benefits Scheme provides a long-term addition for old people to take account of special needs such as extra fuel. The basic rates of benefit and the long-term addition are being increased in October.278W Where the long-term addition is insufficient to cover an individual's extra expenses, the Supplementary Benefits Commission can make further provision.