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Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are circumstances in which the award of industrial injury disablement benefit may result in a reduction in income for the recipient as a result of interaction with other benefits. (318947)

Receipt of industrial injuries disablement benefit should not result in an overall reduction in income.

However, it is taken into account when assessing entitlement to income-related benefits this is because industrial injuries disablement benefit is compensation paid for loss of faculty as a result of an industrial accident or disease and is not intended to meet specific additional costs arising from the disability.

For all the income-related benefits—income support; jobseeker’s allowance (income based); income-related employment and support allowance; pension credit; housing benefit; and council tax benefit—industrial injuries disablement benefit is taken fully into account when determining entitlement.

In determining entitlement to incapacity benefit, contribution-based employment and support allowance and contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance, industrial injuries disablement benefit is not taken into account; however, any unemployability supplement payable with industrial injuries disablement benefit is taken fully into account.

Industrial injuries disablement benefit is not taken into account in the award of disability living allowance or attendance allowance.