§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received regarding the application of the 24-hours-per-week working rule in respect of a family's eligibility for benefit.
§ Mr. Portillo
Representations have been received in certain individual cases where supplementary benefit was previously in payment but where there is no entitlement to income support under the new rules because 24 hours a week, or more, are being worked. Families with children can claim the new family credit, and families facing substantial losses may also be eligible for help under the transitional arangements announced by my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security and the Disabled on 28 April, at columns253–54.