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Incapacity Benefit: Older Workers

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans her Department has for introducing pilots to help incapacity benefit claimants over the age of 50 years to move off benefit and into work; how many such pilot schemes are planned and in which areas in the country; for how long such pilot schemes will last; and when she expects them to commence. (304541)

[holding answer 7 December 2009]: On 13 October 2009, the Secretary of State announced a review of the employment support provided to disabled people and those with health conditions. As part of that review we are considering the help we should make available to incapacity benefits claimants over age 50. The underpinning principles of our future reforms of the Pathways to Work programme will be included in the shortly to be published “Back to Work” White Paper. We will publish full proposals in the spring.