HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 c63W
Mr. John

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of people adversely affected and the amounts in benefits lost as a result of the change in the linking period from 13 weeks to eight weeks, following the coming into force of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980.

Mrs. Chalker:

It is estimated that some 900,000 claims a year to incapacity benefits, from about 600,000 claimants have been adversely affected by the change in the linking period. The incapacity benefits saving is of the order of £30 million a year.