Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Invalid Care Allowance on 5th March 1987.
Mr. Ashley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many married women have claimed invalid care allowance; how many claims have been settled; and what is the average length of time taken to settle each claim.
Mr. Major As at 27 February, some 106,000 claims to invalid care allowance had been received from married women of which about 53,000 had been decided. The average time taken to process a claim is currently 20 weeks. We are taking all practical steps to reduce this period.