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Written Statements

Monday 14 December 2009

Armed Forces: War Pensions Committees

Statement

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Kevan Jones) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today announcing a change to the role of the existing War Pensions Committees. This follows a review of their terms of reference and a consultation with organisations representing serving personnel and the ex-service community.

The new committees will be known as Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees and will initially be piloted across the country for a period of 12 months, with a review point at six months. There will be 13 committees established across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, made up of volunteers from a cross-section of the local community. Members will include health, social care and legal professionals with an interest in ensuring that the best possible service is provided for veterans and their families.

Their role will consist of three main elements:

to act as advocates for implementing improved cross-government support, including services outlined in the service personnel Command Paper and recently announced welfare pathway;to raise awareness, within their areas, of the above services, the war pension scheme, Armed Forces compensation scheme and the Veterans Welfare Service;to assist veterans and their families in accessing local support services as described above and, further, to provide assistance and guidance to individuals in accessing the war pension scheme and Armed Forces compensation scheme and to provide an independent element to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency's complaints process relating to these schemes.

By extending the role of the committees to include an advocacy role, at local level, we are demonstrating the commitment of the Government to embed these initiatives across the country.

Benefits: Social Security

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Yvette Cooper) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The proposed rates of benefit for 2010 are set out in the table below. The annual uprating of benefits will take place for state pension and most other benefits in the first full week of the tax year. In 2010, this will be the week beginning 12 April. A corresponding provision will be made in Northern Ireland.



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RatesRates
(Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)20092010

Attendance allowance

Higher rate

70.35

71.40

Lower rate

47.10

47.80

Carer's allowance

53.10

53.90

Council tax benefit

Personal allowances

Single

18 to 24

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Entitled to main phase ESA

64.30

65.45

Lone parent

64.30

65.45

Couple

100.95

102.75

Dependent children

56.11

57.57

Pensioner

Single / lone parent has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but under 65.

130.00

132.60

Couple-one or both has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but both under 65

198.45

202.40

Single / lone parent-65 and over

150.40

153.15

Couple-one or both 65 and over

225.50

229.50

Premiums

Family

17.30

17.40

Family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

Child under 1

10.50

10.50

Disability

Single

27.50

28.00

Couple

39.15

39.85

Enhanced disability

Single

13.40

13.65

Disabled child

20.65

21.00

Couple

19.30

19.65

Severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (lower rate)

52.85

53.65

Couple (higher rate)

105.70

107.30

Disabled child

51.24

52.08

Carer

29.50

30.05

ESA components

Work-related activity

25.50

25.95

Support

30.85

31.40

Alternative maximum council tax benefit

Second adult on IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) or pension credit

25% of council tax

25% of council tax

First adult(s) student(s)

100% of council tax

100% of council tax

Second adult's gross income:

-under £175.00

15% of council tax

15% of council tax

-£175.00 to £227.99

7.5% of council tax

7.5% of council tax

Capital limits-rules common to income support, income based jobseeker's allowance, Income-related employment and support allowance, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit unless stated otherwise

Upper limit

16000.00

16000.00

Upper limit-pension credit guarantee credit and HB/CTB where claimant/partner 60 or over

No limit

No limit

Amount disregarded-all benefits except pension credit and housing benefit and council tax benefit for those below the qualifying age for pension credit

6000.00

6000.00

Amount disregarded-pension credit and housing benefit and council tax benefit for those above the qualifying age for pension credit

6000.00

10000.00

Child disregard (not pension credit)

3000.00

3000.00

Amt disregarded (living in RC/NH)

10000.00

10000.00

Tariff income

£1 for every £250, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit

Tariff income-pension credit and HB/CTB where clmt/ptner 60 or over.

£1 for every £500, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit

Deductions-rules common to income support, jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit unless stated otherwise

Non-dependant deductions from housing benefit and from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and pension credit

Aged 25 and over in receipt of IS and JSA(IB),

In receipt of main phase ESA(IR),

Aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work

7.40

7.40

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

-gross income: less than £120.00

7.40

7.40

-gross income: £120 to £177.99

17.00

17.00

-gross income: £178 to £230.99

23.35

23.35

-gross income: £231 to £305.99

38.20

38.20

-gross income: £306 to £381.99

43.50

43.50

-gross income: £382 and above

47.75

47.75

Non-dependant deductions from council tax benefit

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

-gross income: £382 or more

6.95

6.95

-gross income: £306-£381.99

5.80

5.80

-gross income: £178-£305.99

4.60

4.60

-gross income less than £178

2.30

2.30

Others, aged 18 or over

2.30

2.30

Deductions from housing benefit

Service charges for fuel

Heating

21.55

21.55

Hot water

2.50

2.50

Lighting

1.75

1.75

Cooking

2.50

2.50

Amount ineligible for meals

Three or more meals a day

Single claimant

22.95

23.35

Each person in family aged 16 or over

22.95

23.35

Each child under 16

11.60

11.80

Less than three meals a day

Single claimant

15.25

15.50

Each person in family aged 16 or over

15.25

15.50

Each child under 16

7.65

7.80

Breakfast only-claimant and each member of the family

2.80

2.85

Amount for personal expenses (not HB/CTB)

21.90

22.30

Third party deductions from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and pension credit for;

Arrears of housing, fuel and water costs

3.25

3.30

Council tax etc. And deductions for ELDS and ILS.

Child support, contribution towards maintenance (CTM)

Standard deduction

6.50

6.60

Lower deduction

3.25

3.30

Arrears of community charge

Court order against claimant

3.25

3.30

Court order against couple

5.05

5.15

Fine or compensation order

Standard rate

5.00

5.00

Lower rate

3.25

3.30

Maximum deduction rates for recovery of overpayments (not CTB/JSA(C)/ESA(C))

Ordinary overpayments

9.75

9.90

Where claimant convicted of fraud

12.80

13.20

Deductions from JSA(c)

Arrears of comm. Charge, council tax, fines & overpayment recovery

Age 16 - 24

16.98

17.28

Age 25 +

21.43

21.81

Max. Dedn for arrears of child maintenance (CTM)

Age 16 - 24

16.98

17.28

Age 25 +

21.43

21.81

Disregards

Housing benefit and council tax benefit

Earnings disregards

Standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

Couple

10.00

10.00

Higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

Lone parent

25.00

25.00

Childcare charges

175.00

175.00

Childcare charges (2 or more children)

300.00

300.00

Permitted work higher

N/a

93.00

Permitted work lower

N/a

20.00

Other income disregards

Adult maintenance disregard

15.00

15.00

War disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

Widowed mothers/parents allowance

15.00

15.00

Armed forces compensation scheme

10.00

10.00

Student loan

10.00

10.00

Student's covenanted income

5.00

5.00

Income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

Additional earnings disregard

16.85

17.10

Income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance and pension credit

Earnings disregards

Standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

Couple

10.00

10.00

Higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

Other income disregards

War disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

Widowed mothers/parents allowance

10.00

10.00

Armed Forces compensation scheme

10.00

10.00

Student loan (not pension credit)

10.00

10.00

Student's covenanted income (not pension credit)

5.00

5.00

Income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

Income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Dependency increases

Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after children-payable with

State pension on own insurance.

57.05

57.05

Long term incapacity benefit and unemployability supplement.

53.10

53.10

Severe disablement allowance

31.90

31.90

Carers allowance

31.70

31.70

Short-term incapacity benefit (over state pension age)

51.10

51.10

Maternity allowance and short-term incapacity benefit.

41.35

41.35

Child dependency increases-payable with:

State pension; widowed mothers/parents allowance; short-term incapacity benefit-higher rate or over state pension age; long-term incapacity benefit; carer's allowance; severe disablement allowance; industrial death benefit (higher rate); unemployability supplement.

11.35

11.35

NB-the rate of child dependency increase is adjusted where it is payable for the eldest child for whom child benefit is also paid. The weekly rate in such cases is reduced by the difference (less £3.65) between the ChB rates for the eldest and subsequent children.

8.20

8.10

Disability living allowance

Care component

Highest

70.35

71.40

Middle

47.10

47.80

Lowest

18.65

18.95

Mobility component

Higher

49.10

49.85

Lower

18.65

18.95

Employment and support allowance

Personal allowances

Under 25

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Lone parent

Under 18

50.95

51.85

18 or over

64.30

65.45

Couple

Both under 18

50.95

51.85

Both under 18 with child

76.90

78.30

Both under 18 (main phase)

64.30

65.45

Both under 18 with child (main phase)

100.95

102.75

One 18 or over, one under 18

100.95

102.75

Both over 18

100.95

102.75

Claimant under 25, partner under 18

50.95

51.85

Claimant 25 or over, partner under 18

64.30

65.45

Claimant (main phase), partner under 18

64.30

65.45

Premiums

Enhanced disability

Single

13.40

13.65

Couple

19.30

19.65

Severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (lower rate)

52.85

53.65

Couple (higher rate)

105.70

107.30

Carer

29.50

30.05

Pensioner

Single with WRAC

40.20

41.20

Single with support component

34.85

35.75

Single with no component

65.70

67.15

Couple with WRAC

72.00

73.70

Couple with support component

66.65

68.25

Couple with no component

97.50

99.65

Components

Work-related activity

25.50

25.95

Support

30.85

31.40

Earnings rules

Carers allowance

95.00

95.00

Limit of earnings from councillor's allowance

92.00

93.00

Permitted work earnings limit-higher

92.00

93.00

-lower

20.00

20.00

Industrial injuries unemployability supplement permitted earnings level (annual amount)

4784.00

4836.00

Earnings level at which adult dependency (ADI) increases are affected with:

Short-term incap. benefit where claimant is

(a) under state pension age

41.35

41.35

(b) over state pension age

51.10

51.10

Maternity allowance

41.35

41.35

State pension, long term incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, unemployability supplement-payable when dependant

(a) is living with claimant

64.30

65.45

(b) still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule

45.09

45.09

Earnings level at which ADI is affected when dependent is not living with claimant

State pension,

57.05

57.05

Long-term incapacity benefit, unemployability supplement

53.10

53.10

Severe disablement allowance

31.90

31.90

Carers allowance

31.70

31.70

Earnings level at which child dependency increases are affected

For first child

195.00

200.00

Additional amount for each subsequent child

26.00

26.00

Pension income threshold for incapacity benefit

85.00

85.00

Pension income threshold for contributory employment support allowance

85.00

85.00

Housing benefit

Personal allowances

Single

16 to 24

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Entitled to main phase ESA

64.30

65.45

Lone parent

Under 18

50.95

51.85

18 or over

64.30

65.45

Entitled to main phase ESA

64.30

65.45

Couple

Both under 18

76.90

78.30

One or both 18 or over

100.95

102.75

Claimant entitled to main phase ESA

100.95

102.75

Dependent children

56.11

57.57

Pensioner

Single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but under 65.

130.00

132.60

Couple-one or both has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but both under 65

198.45

202.40

Single / lone parent-65 and over

150.40

153.15

Couple-one or both 65 and over

225.50

229.50

Premiums

Family

17.30

17.40

Family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

Child under 1

10.50

10.50

Disability

Single

27.50

28.00

Couple

39.15

39.85

Enhanced disability

Single

13.40

13.65

Disabled child

20.65

21.00

Couple

19.30

19.65

Severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (lower rate)

52.85

53.65

Couple (higher rate)

105.70

107.30

Disabled child

51.24

52.08

Carer

29.50

30.05

ESA components

Work-related activity

25.50

25.95

Support

30.85

31.40

Incapacity benefit

Long-term incapacity benefit

89.80

91.40

Short-term incapacity benefit (under state pension age)

Lower rate

67.75

68.95

Higher rate

80.15

81.60

Short-term incapacity benefit (over state pension age)

Lower rate

86.20

87.75

Higher rate

89.80

91.40

Increase of long-term incapacity benefit for age

Higher rate

15.65

15.00

Lower rate

6.55

5.80

Invalidity allowance (transitional)

Higher rate

15.65

15.00

Middle rate

9.10

8.40

Lower rate

5.35

5.45

Income support

Personal allowances

Single

Under 25

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Lone parent

Under 18

50.95

51.85

18 or over

64.30

65.45

Couple

Both under 18

50.95

51.85

Both under 18-higher rate

76.90

78.30

One under 18, one under 25

50.95

51.85

One under 18, one 25 and over

64.30

65.45

Both 18 or over

100.95

102.75

Dependent children

56.11

57.57

Premiums

Family / lone parent

17.30

17.40

Pensioner (applies to couples only)

97.50

99.65

Disability

Single

27.50

28.00

Couple

39.15

39.85

Enhanced disability

Single

13.40

13.65

Disabled child

20.65

21.00

Couple

19.30

19.65

Severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (lower rate)

52.85

53.65

Couple (higher rate)

105.70

107.30

Disabled child

51.24

52.08

Carer

29.50

30.05

Relevant sum for strikers

34.50

35.00

Industrial death benefit

Widow's pension

Higher rate

95.25

97.65

Lower rate

28.58

29.30

Widower's pension

95.25

97.65

Industrial injuries disablement benefit

18 and over, or under 18 with dependants

100%

143.60

145.80

90%

129.24

131.22

80%

114.88

116.64

70%

100.52

102.06

60%

86.16

87.48

50%

71.80

72.90

40%

57.44

58.32

30%

43.08

43.74

20%

28.72

29.16

Under 18

100%

88.05

89.35

90%

79.25

80.42

80%

70.44

71.48

70%

61.64

62.55

60%

52.83

53.61

50%

44.03

44.68

40%

35.22

35.74

30%

26.42

26.81

20%

17.61

17.87

Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)

9540.00

9680.00

Unemployability supplement

88.75

90.10

Increase for early incapacity

Higher rate

18.65

18.65

Middle rate

12.00

12.00

Lower rate

6.00

6.00

Maximum reduced earnings allowance

57.44

58.32

Maximum retirement allowance

14.36

14.58

Constant attendance allowance

Exceptional rate

115.00

116.80

Intermediate rate

86.25

87.60

Normal maximum rate

57.50

58.40

Part-time rate

28.75

29.20

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

57.50

58.40

Jobseeker's allowance

Contribution based JSA-personal rates

Under 25

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Income-based JSA-personal allowances

Under 25

50.95

51.85

25 or over

64.30

65.45

Lone parent

Under 18

50.95

51.85

18 or over

64.30

65.45

Couple

Both under 18

50.95

51.85

Both under 18-higher rate

76.90

78.30

One under 18, one under 25

50.95

51.85

One under 18, one 25 and over

64.30

65.45

Both 18 or over

100.95

102.75

Dependent children

56.11

57.57

Premiums

Family / lone parent

17.30

17.40

Pensioner

Single

65.70

67.15

Couple

97.50

99.65

Disability

Single

27.50

28.00

Couple

39.15

39.85

Enhanced disability

Single

13.40

13.65

Disabled child

20.65

21.00

Couple

19.30

19.65

Severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (lower rate)

52.85

53.65

Couple (higher rate)

105.70

107.30

Disabled child

51.24

52.08

Carer

29.50

30.05

Prescribed sum for strikers

34.50

35.00

Maternity allowance

Standard rate

123.06

124.88

Ma threshold

30.00

30.00

Pension credit

Standard minimum guarantee

Single

130.00

132.60

Couple

198.45

202.40

Additional amount for severe disability

Single

52.85

53.65

Couple (one qualifies)

52.85

53.65

Couple (both qualify)

105.70

107.30

Additional amount for carers

29.50

30.05

Savings credit

Threshold-single

96.00

98.40

Threshold-couple

153.40

157.25

Maximum-single

20.40

20.52

Maximum-couple

27.03

27.09

Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage

198.45

202.40

Additional amount for additional spouse

68.45

69.80

Pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, and miscellaneous diseases scheme and the workmen's compensation (supplementation)

Total disablement allowance and major incapacity

Allowance (maximum)

143.60

145.80

Partial disablement allowance

53.10

53.90

Unemployability supplement

88.75

90.10

Increases for early incapacity

Higher rate

18.65

18.65

Middle rate

12.00

12.00

Lower rate

6.00

6.00

Constant attendance allowance

Exceptional rate

115.00

116.80

Intermediate rate

86.25

87.60

Normal maximum rate

57.50

58.40

Part-time rate

28.75

29.20

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

57.50

58.40

Lesser incapacity allowance

Maximum rate of allowance

53.10

53.90

Based on loss of earnings over

70.35

71.40

State pension

Category A or B

95.25

97.65

Category B(lower)-spouse or civil partner's insurance

57.05

58.50

Category C or D-non-contributory

57.05

58.50

Category C(lower)-non-contributory

34.15

35.00

Additional pension

Increase by:

0.0%

Increments to:-

Basic pension

Increase by:

0.0%

Additional pension

Increase by:

0.0%

Graduated retirement benefit (GRB)

Increase by:

0.0%

Inheritable lump sum

Increase by:

0.0%

Contracted-out deduction from AP in respect of Pre-April 1988 contracted-out earnings

Nil

Contracted-out deduction from AP in respect of Contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 1997

Increase by:

0.0%

Graduated retirement benefit (unit)

0.1153

0.1153

Increase of long term incapacity for age

Increase by:

0.0%

Addition at age 80

0.25

0.25

Increase of long-term incapacity for age

Higher rate

18.65

18.65

Lower rate

9.35

9.35

Invalidity allowance (transitional) for state pension recipients

Higher rate

18.65

18.65

Middle rate

12.00

12.00

Lower rate

6.00

6.00

Severe disablement allowance

Basic rate

57.45

59.45

Age-related addition (from Dec 90)

Higher rate

15.65

15.00

Middle rate

9.10

8.40

Lower rate

5.35

5.45

Statutory adoption pay

Earnings threshold

95.00

97.00

Standard rate

123.06

124.88

Statutory maternity pay

Earnings threshold

95.00

97.00

Standard rate

123.06

124.88

Statutory paternity pay

Earnings threshold

95.00

97.00

Standard rate

123.06

124.88

Statutory sick pay

Earnings threshold

95.00

97.00

Standard rate

79.15

79.15

Widow's benefit

Widowed mother's allowance

95.25

97.65

Widow's pension

Standard rate

95.25

97.65

Age-related

Age 54 (49)

88.58

90.81

53 (48)

81.92

83.98

52 (47)

75.25

77.14

51 (46)

68.58

70.31

50 (45)

61.91

63.47

49 (44)

55.25

56.64

48 (43)

48.58

49.80

47 (42)

41.91

42.97

46 (41)

35.24

36.13

45 (40)

28.58

29.30

Note: for deaths occurring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.

Bereavement benefit

Bereavement payment (lump sum)

2000.00

2000.00

Widowed parent's allowance

95.25

97.65

Bereavement allowance

Standard rate

95.25

97.65

Age-related

Age 54

88.58

90.81

53

81.92

83.98

52

75.25

77.14

51

68.58

70.31

50

61.91

63.47

49

55.25

56.64

48

48.58

49.80

47

41.91

42.97

46

35.24

36.13

45

28.58

29.30

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