§ 59. Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's policy regarding the direct payment of rates to a rating authority from the benefit of income support claimants who have a severe mental disturbance.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The direct payment arrangements do not extend to the minimum contribution to domestic rates which claimants are expected to meet from their benefits. Where someone is unable to manage their own affairs another person can be appointed to act on their behalf.