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Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Fuel Poverty (11 Jan 1999)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that important subject. I agree that the introduction of winter fuel payments has been an important step forward. About £1 billion will be made available this Parliament. A total of 3.3 million payments were included in a computer run at the weekend, and we hope that the full 10 million payments will have been paid out by the end of next week. My...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disabled Children (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: In our consultation document on support for disabled people, we announced two particular proposals that will help the families of disabled children: first, the disability income guarantee, which is based on a new premium and income-related benefits for families with disabled children with the greatest care needs; and, secondly, the extension of the higher rate mobility component of disability...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disabled Children (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's support, and I can give him the assurance that he seeks. The disability benefits forum met last week and considered in detail the proposals in our consultation document. It will meet again next week and there will be a series of discussions with the disability organisations to which my hon. Friend referred about how to take the proposals forward. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefit Integrity Project (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: By 30 September, 138,000 cases had been checked under the benefit integrity project. Of those, 32,500 people were found initially not to be receiving the right amount of benefit. The number fell to 29,300, after the reviews and appeals that have been completed so far. It is right to check whether people are receiving the correct rate of benefit, but the benefit integrity project, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefit Integrity Project (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: We intend to learn from the many lessons of the BIP experience and to introduce the new system as soon as possible, but it is important that we get it right. We do not want to rush into a new system without properly planning for it. We want to ensure, for example, that staff are properly trained by the time that the new arrangements start. The disability benefits forum set up a working group...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefit Integrity Project (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: No. We are in discussion with the disability benefits forum about the arrangements that will replace BIP. We are not yet able to say precisely when the new arrangements will start, but I reassure the hon. Gentleman's constituents that there will be no question of a double jeopardy as he described. The current arrangements will continue until we have a properly planned and worked-out system...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefit Integrity Project (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: That question contained a number of disconnected points. There is no truth in the hon. Gentleman's allegation about a 25 per cent. saving. It is important that the Department and claimants are confident that they are receiving the correct amount of benefit. The previous Government introduced the BIP programme, which was designed to move people from high to lower rates of benefit. That was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Benefits (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: There are separate arrangements for Benefits Agency adjudication officers and members of independent tribunals. Benefits Agency adjudication officers complete 12 weeks' technical training in adjudication, which, in the case of disability living allowance, includes sessions given by doctors about the effects of disabling conditions on a person's need for help with personal care and mobility....

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Benefits (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I know that my hon. Friend has been concerned about the case of his constituent, and has been pursuing it. If he remains dissatisfied and would like to write to me, I shall be glad to investigate. The judicial aspect of ITS is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor's Department; we are introducing new arrangements for appeals in order to improve the service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Benefits (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I agree with both points. We intend to introduce legislation to end the use of the term "lifetime award", which is a confusing and unfortunate feature of the system introduced by the previous Government. It has always been the case that, if people's benefit entitlement is reduced because of a change in their circumstances, the benefit is reduced. We will clarify that as soon as we can. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Benefits (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: In fact, information from a claimant's own GP can be used in the determination of benefit entitlement, and we intend that to continue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disabled Children (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: We have announced two proposals for significant improvements in support for disabled children: the disability income guarantee, and the extension of the higher-rate mobility component of disability living allowance to children aged three and four. Disabled children will also be among those who benefit from our package on child poverty, the £1.5 billion programme on working families tax...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disabled Children (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I thank my hon. Friend for her support and for raising an important point. I can confirm the important point that the change will convey with it access to the Motability scheme. That scheme, which celebrates its 21st anniversary next month, can provide a vehicle, vehicle adaptations or an electric wheel chair. Recent research has shown that children as young as three and four can suffer if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Living Allowance (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: A list of more than 1,000 organisations and individuals who responded to the welfare reform Green Paper is in the House of Commons Library, most of them touching on disability issues. As we promised in the Green Paper, we have established a disability benefits forum, which has a working group dealing specifically with reforms to the disability living allowance. The Select Committee on Social...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Living Allowance (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: Perhaps I can draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to the figures that I gave some moments ago. I said that, so far, 138,000 cases under BIP had been checked and, of those, 32,500 people were found initially not to be receiving the right benefit. That number fell to 29,300, after the reviews and appeals that have been completed so far. The hon. Gentleman's question gives me the opportunity to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: National Insurance (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I am delighted that my hon. Friend is here. From April 1999, the point at which employers start to pay secondary class 1 contributions will be raised to a new "earning threshold" set at the level of the personal tax allowance—which is £83 per week, as announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 3 November, in the pre-Budget report. Additionally, the current...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: National Insurance (16 Nov 1998)

Stephen Timms: I am aware of the concerns expressed by hon. Friend, which we are closely examining.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Living Allowance (19 Oct 1998)

Stephen Timms: The conduct and quality of medical assessments that may be required in the determination of entitlement to disability living allowance are subject to close monitoring and regular and random audit against nationally determined standards specified in the Benefits Agency's contract with the SEMA Group, which provides medical services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Living Allowance (19 Oct 1998)

Stephen Timms: Very specific medical quality standards on experience, qualifications and training are included in the Benefits Agency's contract with SEMA. All doctors undertaking examinations for disability living allowance must now be approved by the chief medical adviser on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. I am aware of some of the concerns that the hon. Gentleman raised. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Disability Living Allowance (19 Oct 1998)

Stephen Timms: I thank my hon. Friend for her kind words. She raises two important points. We know that there are particular difficulties for people who become disabled when very young because they cannot gain national insurance credits and so do not become entitled later in life to incapacity benefit. We are considering that in our current review. We are also aware of the need for those who advise disabled...


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