Disability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has spent on legal fees on court proceedings relating to disabled people and the (a) under-occupancy penalty and (b) Independent Living Fund in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

This Government has robustly defended its policies in relation to the closure of the Independent Living Fund and the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy.

The total legal costs invoiced to date, inclusive of VAT, in respect of both policies, where disability formed part of the grounds of the claim, are as follows:

Policy

2013 (£)

2014 to date (£)

Independent Living Fund

16,643

219,728

Removal of Spare Room Subsidy

66,821

111,804

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