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Reduced Earnings Allowance

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people to date have lost their reduced earnings allowance in each of the benefit districts in Wales. [13771]

The administration of Reduced Earnings Allowance is a matter for Peter Mathison, the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Llew Smith, dated 25 November 1997:

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people to date have lost their Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA) in each of the benefit districts in Wales.
I have assumed your question refers to Adjudication Officer's decisions to transfer over pension age REA recipients to Retirement Allowance (RA) following the introduction of the Social Security (Industrial Injuries and Diseases) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1996 on 24 March 1996.
The information is shown in the attached table. Statistics on transfers were maintained up to 31 March 1997.
I hope this reply is helpful.

Number of reduced earnings allowance (REA) recipients over pension age cases transferred to retirement allowance (RA)

Benefits agency district1

Number of cases transferred where pension age attained before 24 March 1996

Number of cases transferred where pension age attained between 24 March 1996 and 31 March 1997

Total

Wrexham and North Wales17644220
Cardiff and Vale821395
Gwyneddigion Maldwyn10226128
Eastern Valleys33546381
Swansea Bay27545320
Gwent Borders592483
West Wales24245287
Mid Glamorgan69592787
Figures are provisional and subject to amendment.

1 Benefits Agency districts as at 24 March 1996.