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Income Support

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which individuals are able to eat healthily when in receipt of income support personal allowance for a single person aged (a) 16 to 17, (b) 18 to 24 and (c) 25 years and over. (95051)

The Department for Work and Pensions has not made any assessment of the extent to which individuals are able to eat healthily when in receipt of income support. The rates of income support are intended to cover all normal day to day living expenses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of increasing by £1 per week income support levels for single people aged (a) 16 to 17 and (b) 18 to 24 years. (95060)

The annual cost of increasing by £1 per week income support levels for single people is estimated to be £1,000,000 for people aged 16 to 17 and £14,000,000 for people aged 18 to 24.