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Health Benefits Low Income Scheme

EDM number 32 in 1991-92, proposed by Alice Mahon on 31/10/1991.

That this House notes that the Citizens Advice Bureaux receive over 100,000 enquiries a year about the Government's Health Benefits Low Income Scheme which is designed to help low income households with the cost of optical and dental treatment, free prescriptions and fares to hospital; further notes that the grounds for exemption from charges are inconsistent and that the 19 page claim forms leave claimants confused and as a result the benefits are underclaimed; therefore agrees with NACAB's report Health Warning that the scheme is not meeting its aims, because the help available is insufficient and does not always reach those in need; consequently notes the Government's review of the scheme; however calls on the Government to extend the review to consider the extension of exemptions to include those persons receiving income-related benefits such as housing benefit, community charge benefit and the disability working allowance; also calls for all people receiving long-term sickness benefits, namely, invalidity benefit, severe disablement allowance, mobility and attendance allowances, to be exempt from prescription charges; and urges the Government to exempt all persons aged over 60 years from paying for eye tests and to ensure that, where full exemption from optical charges is given, glasses are available without extra charge.

This motion has been signed by a total of 64 MPs.

Alice Mahon31/10/1991HalifaxProposed
Max Madden31/10/1991Bradford WestSigned
Audrey Wise31/10/1991PrestonSigned
David Winnick31/10/1991Walsall NorthSigned
Alan Wynne Williams31/10/1991CarmarthenSigned
Robert Wareing31/10/1991Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Keith Vaz31/10/1991Leicester EastSigned
Gerry Steinberg31/10/1991Durham, City ofSigned
Gerry Bermingham31/10/1991St Helens SouthSigned
Harry Barnes31/10/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
Irene Adams31/10/1991Paisley NorthSigned
Diane Abbott31/10/1991Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Kenneth Eastham31/10/1991Manchester, BlackleySigned
Jeremy Corbyn31/10/1991Islington NorthSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours31/10/1991WorkingtonSigned
James Callaghan31/10/1991Heywood & MiddletonSigned
William McKelvey31/10/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion31/10/1991Dundee EastSigned
Eric Martlew31/10/1991CarlisleSigned
Geoffrey Lofthouse31/10/1991Pontefract & CastlefordSigned
Eric Illsley31/10/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
David Hinchliffe31/10/1991WakefieldSigned
Chris Smith31/10/1991Islington South & FinsburySigned
Dennis Skinner31/10/1991BolsoverSigned
Ernie Ross31/10/1991Dundee WestSigned
Dawn Primarolo31/10/1991Bristol SouthSigned
Peter Pike31/10/1991BurnleySigned
Tom Cox01/11/1991TootingSigned
Alan Williams04/11/1991Swansea WestSigned
Dafydd Wigley04/11/1991CaernarfonSigned
John Evans04/11/1991St Helens NorthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie04/11/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Norman Godman04/11/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Martin Redmond05/11/1991Don ValleySigned
Peter Hardy05/11/1991WentworthSigned
Ian McCartney05/11/1991MakerfieldSigned
Alan Meale05/11/1991MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie05/11/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Keith Bradley05/11/1991Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Jim Cousins05/11/1991Newcastle upon Tyne CentralSigned
Harry Ewing05/11/1991Falkirk EastSigned
Bob Cryer06/11/1991Bradford SouthSigned
Tony Banks06/11/1991Newham North WestSigned
Tommy Graham06/11/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Terry Davis06/11/1991Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Elliot Morley06/11/1991Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
David Lambie06/11/1991Cunninghame SouthSigned
Roy Hughes06/11/1991Newport EastSigned
Allan Rogers06/11/1991RhonddaSigned
Terry Patchett06/11/1991Barnsley EastSigned
Joan Lestor06/11/1991EcclesSigned
Win Griffiths07/11/1991BridgendSigned
Paul Murphy07/11/1991TorfaenSigned
Eddie Loyden07/11/1991Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Terry Lewis07/11/1991WorsleySigned
Kim Howells07/11/1991PontypriddSigned
Robert Hughes11/11/1991Aberdeen NorthSigned
Frank Cook11/11/1991Stockton NorthSigned
Gareth Wardell12/11/1991GowerSigned
Sylvia Heal13/11/1991Staffordshire MidSigned
Jack Thompson13/11/1991WansbeckSigned
Robert Litherland14/11/1991Manchester CentralSigned
Ken Livingstone20/11/1991Brent EastSigned
Michael Welsh21/11/1991Doncaster NorthSigned

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