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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to encourage people to take up their benefit entitlement.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave him on 15 November 2010, Hansard column 586W.

From October 2013, however, universal credit will provide a new single system of means-tested support for working-age people who are in or out of work. Existing means-tested benefits will no longer be needed, these include income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, working tax credit, child tax credit and housing benefit. As a result people will be better placed to find out what benefits they can get.

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