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Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors were taken into account when deciding that industrial injuries disablement benefit should be treated as income for means-tested benefits. (81751)

Industrial injuries disablement benefit is compensation paid for the degree of disablement suffered as a result of an industrial accident. In all the income-related benefits, income from all sources is normally taken into account, with disregards only where special considerations apply. Consequently, this benefit is taken fully into account when determining entitlement to an income related benefit.

Other benefits such as attendance allowance and disability living allowance are available to customers if as a result of their injuries they require personal care. As such these benefits are disregarded when entitlement to means-tested benefits is assessed.