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Unemployability Supplement

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase the earnings threshold for dependent spouses in receipt of the unemployability supplement.[108880]

I have been asked to reply.Additional allowances for dependent spouses are payable under the War Pensions Scheme, which is administered by the Ministry of Defence's Veterans Agency. The allowances were increased with effect from 7 April 2003 as part of the annual uprating exercise and, at the same time, the weekly income limit for dependent spouses of recipients of unemployability supplement was raised to £54.65.