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Disability Benefits for the Elderly

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 3:33 pm, 8th December 2009

I beg to move,

That this House
recognises the vital support that attendance allowance and disability living allowance provide for people with disabilities;
notes that these benefits are intended to meet the additional costs of living with an impairment or long-term health condition;
further notes with concern that approximately 2.87 million people in the UK who receive disability living allowance or attendance allowance are not eligible for social care services;
acknowledges that some 20,000 individuals have petitioned the Prime Minister and many more have petitioned individual hon. and right hon. Members to ensure that these benefits are secured;
welcomes the Government's announcement that disability living allowance for people under 65 years will not be scrapped;
and urges the Government to ensure that attendance allowance and disability living allowance for people aged 65 years and over are secured and not abolished as part of any future reform of the social care system.

The House will no doubt be aware that the motion is in exactly the same terms as early-day motion 1.

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