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Volume 700: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ensure that all work-related better-off calculations currently made by JobcentrePlus take full account of any potential loss of access to passported benefits. [HL2461]

The better-off calculator produces accurate estimates, based on information the customer provides, of potential in-work benefits and tax credits. It demonstrates the financial benefits of being in work and takes fully into account any loss or reduction in access to passported benefits.

The calculator provides written information for the customer, including advice about tax credits, housing and council tax benefits, NHS health costs, free school meals and healthy start vouchers, and this helps the customer to make an informed decision about entering work. A summary of all entitlements report is produced which includes information about the passported benefits the customer will remain entitled to in work.

The better-off calculator also provides information about financial help which may be available to the customer to help them move into work; for example, job grants.