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Income Support

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the likely effect of recent changes in entitlement rules for income support on vulnerable people in Scotland. (240223)

From 27 October 2008 employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on incapacity grounds for new customers. From 24 November 2008 changes were introduced to income support for certain lone parents. Lone parents and other groups will continue to receive the same amount of benefit on jobseekers allowance as they do under income support. There will be no impacts on benefit payments. The modified JSA will cater for a wide variety of different support needs. As now, there will be no requirement for some groups (for example, carers) to engage in work-focused activity.