New Deal Schemes: Disabled
Work and Pensions
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make changes to the new deal self-employment test trading scheme so that disabled people in receipt of incapacity benefit can access it.
Jim Murphy (Minister of State (Work), Department for Work and Pensions; East Renfrewshire, Labour)
New deal self-employment test-trading provision is already available to incapacity benefit recipients who are eligible through new deal for lone parents and new deal for partners. Additionally, we already have powers to offer test-trading as part of Pathways to Work, which will be rolled-out nationally by April 2008. We amended the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Regulations 1995 in 2006 to ensure that participants do not lose their incapacity benefit because of their work or earnings under test-trading.