Jobcentre Plus

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Susan Elan Jones Susan Elan Jones Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what way Jobcentre Plus is contributing to the Military Covenant; and if he will make a statement.

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

DWP officials play an active part in the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group. DWP has a nominated armed forces advocate who is responsible for ensuring that the needs of service personnel, their families and veterans are properly catered for by the Department.

Every Jobcentre district has an “armed forces champion”, who work with the Ministry for Defence Career Transition Partnership, and link with providers and charities giving specialist support, such as the Royal British Legion.

DWP has ensured that war disablement pensions and guaranteed income payments made under the armed forces compensation scheme will be fully disregarded in calculating an award of universal credit. Working with the Ministry of Defence we have introduced the armed forces independence payment to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of service. Finally, we have ensured that ex-service personnel can have early access to the work programme.

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