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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2011, Official Report, columns 426-7W, on the employment and support allowance, how much arising from personal and occupational pensions was disregarded for the purpose of calculating contributory employment support allowance entitlement in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
The disregard for occupational and personal pension income was introduced in 2001 for incapacity benefit claims. The disregard is £85.00 per week plus half any excess. The same disregard was introduced into contributory employment and support allowance in October 2008 when it replaced incapacity benefit. The value of the disregard remains unchanged since its inception.