Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Invalid Care Allowance on 25th March 1987.
Sir Richard Body Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will give the reasons for the delay in payment of the invalid care allowance awarded from 9 September 1985 to Mrs. Carol Cubberley of Horncastle Road, Boston, reference number 021327.
Mr. Major Mrs. Cubberley claimed invalid care allowance on 8 September 1986. Payment from that date was made on 17 November, but arrears from 22 December 1984 to 7 September 1986 were not paid until 20 March 1987. I regret the delay, which arose from a departmental error. Steps have been taken to minimise the risk of a similar mistake happening again.