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Income Support: Ex-servicemen

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 616W, on income support: ex-servicemen, what proportion of the weekly payments of compensation schemes are disregarded; and if he will make a statement. (246761)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: Normally for the income-related benefits, all income is taken into account, with disregards available only in specific circumstances.

Payments to ex-servicemen attract a disregard of £10 when calculating entitlement to income support and the other income-related benefits.

This disregard, which gives war pensioners an advantage over other disabled groups, is paid in recognition of the special nature of these payments.