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Social Security Benefits: Autism

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Minister in her Department is responsible for policy on (a) services provided by Jobcentre Plus for and (b) the eligibility for benefits of people with autism. (310783)

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all policy on benefits and services provided by this Department and its agencies for people with autism.

As the Minister for Disabled People, I am responsible for ensuring that all disabled people, including people with autism, are able to access the appropriate help. Jim Knight, the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, has ministerial responsibility for Jobcentre Plus, and the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh, is responsible for its administration.