§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what transitional protection there will be for most 16 and 17-year-olds currently in receipt of income support, in particular young householders, when the Social Security Act 1988 comes into effect.
§ Mr. Scott
It is intended that clause 4 of the current Social Security Bill will come into effect in September. Those 16 and 17-year-olds not entitled to income support will receive a bridging allowance from the Department of Employment provided they have registered for a YTS place. Housing benefit will also be available in appropriate cases.
The 16 and 17-year-olds who will he able to continue to receive income support will include those not required to be available for work, such as the severely disabled, those receiving a Government training allowance and lone parents. These situations will be prescribed in regulations.