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Incapacity Benefit: Employment

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the lower limit of the earnings disregard of incapacity benefit on benefit recipients' (a) willingness and (b) ability to enter the labour market. (159671)

There has been no specific assessment of the impact of the permitted work lower earnings limit on benefit recipients' willingness and ability to enter the labour market. However, there is clear evidence that, for a number of clients, the permitted work rules have acted as a stepping stone to employment.