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Means Tested Benefits

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which means-tested benefits have income disregard rules; what the level of income disregard is for each benefit; and whether he plans to increase these levels. (241043)

All of the income-related benefits for which the Department for Work and Pensions is responsible—income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, pension credit, housing benefit, and council tax benefit—have income disregard rules.

Comprehensive and detailed information concerning entitlement to these benefits and the associated income disregard rules is set out in The Law Relating to Social Security. The most easily accessible version is that available online at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/docs/lawvols/bluevol/

The amount of the various income disregards is kept under review as part of the annual uprating process.