Oral Answers to Questions — Social Fund

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) 12:00, 2 April 2001

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the social fund will not fall through the cracks in the benefits system. I remind him that the vast majority of the discretionary social fund is spent on people of working age, and we shall certainly ensure that in changing the system and its administration—when we separate the working age agency from the pensions directorate—the social fund is adequately provided for and administered.