Clause 83

Part of Welfare Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:45 pm on 10th May 2011.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover 7:45 pm, 10th May 2011

The hon. Lady makes a powerful point about targeting, but let me give her another case based on my personal experience. I had to look after my father for the last 10 years of his life. He had Alzheimer’s and was in an elderly people’s residential home. Holding his power of attorney, I was fiducially obliged to claim on his behalf the highest amount that I could. That meant the mobility component, but I did not want him to go anywhere. If he went out for more than five minutes, he would forget who he was and where he was and would become lost. That was the nature of his condition. It is a serious issue. Surely the mobility component should be targeted at need and utilisation, rather than being handed out to everyone who wants to claim it.