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Social Fund

Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Kitty Ussher) has made the following Statement.

The Secretary of State will be making changes to the discretionary Social Fund, with effect from 27 October 2008 because of the introduction of employment and support allowance. Income-related employment and support allowance is added to the qualifying benefits for community care grants and budgeting loans. People in receipt of income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance and pension credit are already eligible.