Social Security Benefits: Autism

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns; Shadow Defence Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Minister in her Department is responsible for policy on (a) services provided by Jobcentre Plus for and (b) the eligibility for benefits of people with autism.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all policy on benefits and services provided by this Department and its agencies for people with autism.

As the Minister for Disabled People, I am responsible for ensuring that all disabled people, including people with autism, are able to access the appropriate help. Jim Knight, the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, has ministerial responsibility for Jobcentre Plus, and the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh, is responsible for its administration.

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