HC Deb 07 December 1994 vol 251 cc245-6W
Mr. Betts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if it is the practice for his Department to refuse to make benefit payment in line with the ruling of the Social Security Commissioner where such rulings are the subject of appeal to either the United Kingdom or European courts; how many such benefits are currently

figures rounded to the nearest thousand2
Benefit Claimants total £ thousands Total adult dependants £ thousands Total child dependants £ thousands Date of enquiry
Non-means tested benefits
Attendance Allowance 996 n/app n/app March 1994
Child Benefit1 6,883 n/app 12,496 November 1994
Child's Special Allowance4 299 n/app 2127 December 1993
Disability Living Allowance4 1,400 n/app n/app August 1994
Guardians Allowance1 21,977 n/app 22,486 December 1993
Invalid Care Allowance 261 5 33 September 1994
Industrial Death Benefit 22 n/app 1 September 1994
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit6 209 n/app n/app April 1993
Invalidity Benefit3 1,580 457 120 April 1993
Maternity Allowance3 40 2100 n/av April 1992
Non Contributory Retirement Pension6 28 n/av n/av March 1994

affected; and how much money in each case is being withheld from claimants.

Mr. Roger Evans

It is our practice to suspend payment in cases which are the subject of an appeal to the courts or in cases where benefit would be affected by the outcome of such an appeal. There are currently a number of appeals which have resulted, or may result, in suspension of benefit. The benefits affected are income support, family credit, severe disablement allowance, invalidity benefit, invalid care allowance, attendance allowance and the care component of disability living allowance. The average weekly amount involved in the family credit cases is £20.39. No information is available on the amount involved in other cases.