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Invalidity Pension

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the savings to his Department of extending the period on sickness benefit before entitlement to invalidity pension by (a) six days, (b) 24 days and, (c) 78 days.

The estimated saving at current benefit rates and retaining the linking period provision at 13 weeks would be of the order of (a) £5 million, (b) £20 million and (c) £60 million.