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Income Support

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to introduce a linking rule, as for existing benefit entitlements, to ensure that after April 1988 transitional protection is not lost after very short periods of loss of entitlement to income support.

We have already provided a linking rule for transitional additions. Normal transitional additions of £10 or more will not cease as a result of loss of entitlement to income support for a period of eight weeks or less, eight weeks being the normal linking period for socal security benefits. This rule also applies to special transitional additions — the protection against loss of domestic assistance additional requirements–of any amount.