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Enterprise Allowance Scheme

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what impact a spouse or domestic partner of an income support claimant joining an enterprise allowance scheme has on the benefit entitlement of the claimant; and if he will make a statement.

Income support is not normally payable to a couple when either member is participating in the enterprise allowance scheme because the participant is deemed to be in remunerative work. However, if their income is low they may continue to receive help from housing benefit and community charge benefit. In addition, family credit is available to those with a dependent child.