§ 43. Mr. John Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he is now taking to help single women who have to look after dependent relatives.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Attendance allowance, which is already being paid at the higher rate to 94,000 beneficiaries, 45,000 of whom are over the age of 65, gives help to many households in these circumstances; and the lower rate is now being introduced. The single woman who is caring for a relative may qualify for supplementary benefit for herself. Services provided for the disabled are being strengthened, so helping to reduce the burden on those who devote themselves to caring for members of their families. As my hon. Friend will be aware, the Government's current review of cash provision for the disabled extends to the families with whom they live.