Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of increasing the earning disregard for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support for incapacity and (c) carer's allowance.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Part-time work while on incapacity benefit is covered by the permitted work rules and while on carer's allowance by an earnings limit, rather than the earnings disregards.

DWP has no reliable estimate of the cost of changing the earnings disregard limit in income support for sick and disabled people. The cost varies widely according to the nature of the change being proposed.

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