§ Mr. John
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much of the estimated £365 million reduction in expenditure from the national insurance fund on sickness, injury and invalidity benefit and estains payments in a full year, which would result from the enactment of clause 10 of and schedule 2 to the Social 64W Security and Housing Benefits Bill, will be derived from savings on payments of invalidity benefit; and how such savings will arise.
§ Mr. Rossi
Under the proposals in schedule 2 of the Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill claimants may qualify for invalidity benefit earlier or later than they would under the existing rules. The exact effect will depend on the particular claimant's record of incapacity and employment. Qualification for invalidity allowance will also be affected. Overall, the net effect is probably a saving in invalidity benefit of between nil and £5 million a year.