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Work Incentives

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the place of work incentives in his review of the benefit system. [3585]

Throughout my right hon. Friend's review of the social security system, helping people to return to work has been a central focus. Initiatives include the earnings top-up scheme and our planned introduction of a four-week extension of help with housing costs to smooth the transition into work.We are building on existing work incentives. For example, the child care disregard in family credit and disability working allowance will be increased by £20 per week to £60 next April.