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Benefit Payments

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what options for payment of benefit are offered to new claimants of (a) state pension, (b) pension credit, (c) disability living allowance, (d) attendance allowance and (e) carer’s allowance; and if he will place in the Library copies of the relevant standard letters and supporting leaflets. (102403)

As part of the commitment to modernise welfare delivery and increase financial inclusion, direct payment into an account became the normal method of payment for benefits and pensions from April 2003.

Factual information on claimants account options are contained in claim packs. It is for claimants themselves to decide which type of account best suits their needs and circumstances. Payment by cheque is used for those claimants who we are unable to pay by direct payment.

A copy of each of the main claim forms and any supporting leaflets will be placed in the Library shortly.