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Malcolm Wicks: I have laid Regulations today to amend the Social Security Claims and Payments Regulations, 1987. Subject to Parliament's approval they simplify the rules for claiming bereavement benefits.
Bereavement benefits were introduced in April 2001. We have been looking at the way the three elements fit together and whether there might be improvements made by simplifying the rules. Depending on when someone claims a bereavement benefit there can be two separate social security decisions to be madeone for the weekly benefit of either Widowed Parent's Allowance or Bereavement Allowance and another for the lump-sum Bereavement Payments when there is no real difference in the qualification rules. This is both time-consuming and can be confusing for bereaved people themselves.
We want bereaved people to claim and receive the help that they and their families are entitled to when they need itimmediately after the bereavement. Most people do; more than four fifths claim within four or five weeks of their loss. The claim is easy to make; using only one form, a widow or widower can claim whichever of these three benefits they may be entitled to without further form-filling. However, we acknowledge that not all bereaved people find it possible to claim as promptly as the current rules for the lump-sum Bereavement Payment require. To simplify matters further, we are extending the time limit for claiming Bereavement Payment and aligning it with the period over which a person can receive Bereavement Allowancenamely 12 months. We see this as a sensible alteration that will simplify the scheme for everyone while remaining compatible with underlying benefit entitlement rules.
Malcolm Wicks: My right hon. Friend will be making a number of minor changes to the discretionary social fund, with effect from 28 October 2002. The changes to the fund are minor clarifications of guidance and directions, and, in the main, are consequential to legislative changes being made in respect of other social security benefits.
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orders have been made in Portsmouth, South by the CSA since 1997; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many deductions from earnings orders have been made in Paisley, North by the CSA since 1997. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and if he will provide a breakdown of the estimates in ''Opportunity for All'' of the proportion of men and women who contributed to a non-state pension in recent groups of years by income band. 
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|Percentage of working-age individuals Source: BHPS|
|Bottom Quintile||Second Quintile||Third Quintile||Fourth Quintile||Top Quintile||All|
1. All figures are estimates and are taken from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) data set. The BHPS is a longitudinal data set developed at the University of Essex, Institute for Social and Economic Research The latest data available is for the period 1997 to 2000.
2. The estimates are sample counts, which have been adjusted for non-response using multipurpose grossing factors. Estimates are subject to both sampling error and to variability in non-response. The income measure used is total equivalised household income (that is to say income that is adjusted to reflect the composition of the household).
Mr. Nicholas Brown: Free movement of people is one of the four freedoms within the internal market of the European Union. Within the Free Movement Title of the EC Treaty, Article 39 states that free movement of workers ''shall be secured within the Community''. This means that workers of the Member States are free to accept offers of employment actually made in another Member State, and to remain in another Member State for the purposes of carrying out employment. However, Article 39 does not apply to employment in the public service.
The main EU Regulation giving effect to free movement rights for workers of EU Member States is EEC Regulation 1612/68. This guarantees migrant workers equality of treatment with nationals of the host country in respect of:
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