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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to link the lower limit of the earnings disregard of incapacity benefit with (a) the minimum wage and (b) average earnings. (159670)

Recipients of incapacity benefit are able to undertake permitted work subject to some limits, which include weekly earnings limits. The permitted work lower limit is £20 a week. There are no plans to link the lower limit to the minimum wage or average earnings but the Government keep such limits under review.