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Disabled People

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the overall approach to reinvestment of future savings in the benefits budgets and growth in revenue resulting from increased participation of disabled people in the workforce; what agreements have been reached in principle; and if he will make a statement. (84349)

We expect the Pathways to Work programme to generate significant long-term benefit savings.

As the savings and effectiveness of the Pathways to Work programme are demonstrated, we will consider additional funding for the Department for Work and Pensions for further welfare reform measures. Any such funding will be allocated in the light of potential value for money, including future Exchequer benefits.