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Child Support Agency

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects to publish the conclusions of the review of the Child Support Agency. [47901]

Mr. Keith Bradley: We have been looking closely at all aspects of the Child Support scheme to see where improvements can be made and we will shortly bring forward a consultation paper on our proposals.

Pensioners

Mr. Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage and number of (a) pensioners and (b) pensioners on income support are (i) in receipt of disability living allowance, (ii) in receipt of attendance allowance, (iii) registered blind and (iv) registered deaf. [47917]

Mr. Denham: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the tables.

People of pensionable age

Number (thousands)Percentage
Total number(44)10,420100
In receipt of disability living allowance(45)5645
In receipt of attendance allowance(45)1,22412
Blind people in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance(45)(46)66--
Deaf people in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance(45)(47)4--

Sources:

(44) Office of National Statistics and Scottish Registrar: mid 1996 estimates

(45) Analytical Services Division: 5 per cent. data. Figures to 31 May 1998 and are provisional

Notes:

(46) Figures relate to those whose main disabling condition is blindness

(47) Figures relate to those whose main disabling condition is deafness


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People of pensionable age in receipt of income support

Number (thousands)Percentage
Total number(48)1,514100
In receipt of disability living allowance(48)1439
In receipt of attendance allowance(48)47231
Blind people in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance(48)(49)23--
Deaf people in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance(48)(50)2--

Source:

(48) Analytical Services Division: 5 per cent. data. Figures relate to 30 November 1997

Notes:

(49) Figures relate to those whose main disabling condition is blindness

(50) Figures relate to those whose main disabling condition is deafness


Minimum Wage

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if the earnings disregards limits for means-tested benefits will be revised to take account of the announcement of minimum wage rates. [47732]

Mr. Keith Bradley: I refer the hon. Friend to my written answer to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) on 25 June 1998, Official Report, column 620.

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will express the present earnings disregards limits for each means-tested benefit in terms of permitted hours of work under the proposed minimum wage rates. [47733]

Mr. Keith Bradley: Earnings disregards rules achieve a balance: encouraging those people who wish to work to do some part-time work without creating a disincentive to take up full-time work, or increasing their dependency on benefit. The information requested is set out in the tables.

National minimum wage--basic rate

Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-based) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Amount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours workAmount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours work
Single--all ages(51)51.3851.38
Couple(53)102.77102.77
Lone parent154.16256.94
With Disability or carer premium154.16154.16
Special Occupations(52)154.16n/an/a

Note:

Earnings disregards expressed in terms of hours of work at £3.60 per hour


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National minimum wage--youth rate

Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-based) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Amount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours workAmount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours work
Single--all ages(51)51.6651.66
Couple(53)103.33103.33
Lone parent155258.33
With Disability or carer premium155155
Special Occupations(52)155n/an/a

Note:

Earnings disregards expressed in terms of hours of work at £3 per hour


National minimum wage--development rate

Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-based) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Amount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours workAmount of disregard (£)Equivalent number of hours work
Single--all ages(51)51.5651.56
Couple(53)103.12103.12
Lone parent154.68257.81
With Disability or carer premium154.68154.68
Special Occupations(52)154.68n/an/a

(51) Earnings disregard for a single person on Income Support/Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-Based) is as stated unless they are engaged in a special occupation

(52) Special occupations are Auxiliary Coastguards, part-time members of the fire brigade maintained under current legislation, part-time manning or launching a lifeboat, members of the territorial or reserve forces

(53) For Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-Based) a £15 disregard will be applied to couples if any of the other conditions apply regarding qualification for a £15 disregard i.e. if the claimant/partner is disabled or a carer

Note:

Earnings disregards expressed in terms of hours of work at £3.20 per hour


Benefit Integrity Project

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when her Department will start to review the cases of people subject to the Benefit Integrity Project prior to 9 February. [47566]

Mr. Denham: The administration of this programme is a matter for Peter Mathison, Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Paul Burstow, dated 25 June 1998:



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