To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the interaction between income support and disability benefits, (b) the complexity of this interaction and (c) whether eligible recipients are deterred from claiming disability related benefits by the complexity of the process.
Income support is intended to help people whose resources are insufficient to meet their day-to-day living expenses; it provides extra support to meet the needs of disabled customers with the automatic award of disability premiums. In addition, disability benefits, such as disability living allowance and attendance allowance, are fully disregarded.
Jobcentre Plus has worked to enhance services with the use of electronic interfaces; a new interface between disability living allowance and income support has been developed in order to improve services to those who claim both benefits. It is intended that the new interface will be put into operation later this year.
We do not believe these arrangements deter people eligible for benefit from taking up their entitlement.