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Return To Work Credit Scheme

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he will extend the return to work credit scheme to the whole of the UK; [1107361(2) whether he plans to exclude the pilot return to work credit from calculations for

(a) housing and (b) council tax benefit; [110737]

(3) how many specialist disability advisers will be recruited to assist the employment of disabled people; and what core skills they will be expected to possess; [110739]

(4) how many pilot schemes under the Green Paper Pathway to Work will involve medical services delivered other than by the national health service. [110741]

Our consultation document 'Pathways to Work, Helping People into Employment' Cm 5690, sets out a strategy for enabling people with health problems and disabilities to move into work, and so become and remain independent.We are currently analysing the responses to the `Pathways to Work' consultation. We will publish our response in due course.