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Social Security Benefits: Payments

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the average bridging payment to be paid to claimants of each type of benefit moving to fortnightly benefit payments in arrears under the provisions of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment (No.2)) Regulations 2008 and the Social Security (Transitional Payments) Regulations 2008; (272663)

(2) what estimate she has made of the average benefit payment made to claimants of each type of benefit who will move to fortnightly benefit payments in arrears under the provisions of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment (No.2)) Regulations 2008 and the Social Security (Transitional Payments) Regulations 2008.

We have not made an estimate of the average amount of bridging payment as payments will be made at a rate equivalent to 100 per cent. of the customer's actual weekly benefit.

Information about the average benefit payment made to claimants of each type of benefit, who will move to fortnightly benefit payments in arrears, is not available.