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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the role of part-time working in facilitating return to work for incapacity benefit claimants in the principal seaside towns in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. (235531)

We recognise the importance of part-time working in encouraging incapacity benefits claimants to return to work. The Permitted Work rules allow incapacity benefits customers to try out part-time work as a stepping-stone to moving off benefit and into work. We have made the rules more generous in the employment and support allowance.

We keep the Permitted Work rules under review, looking for more flexible ways of helping people take up opportunities and increase their options. We have no plans to carry out a specific assessment of seaside towns.