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Social Security Benefits: Earnings Rules

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give consideration to increasing the permitted earnings disregard; and if he will make a statement. (203684)

Since 2002 the higher permitted work limit in incapacity benefit of £88.50 has been increased each October in line with the national minimum wage. The £20 lower permitted work limit has remained unchanged since it was introduced in 2002.

From October 2008, when employment and support allowance is introduced the higher permitted earnings level will be extended to income-related beneficiaries as well as those entitled to contributory benefit. The rate will be the same as for incapacity benefit.