§ Mr. Heald
The cost to the national insurance fund of converting the 25p per week age allowance to pensioners on their 80th birthday into an annual £13 lump sum payment is estimated to be £2 million per annum.
If the lump sum payment is not treated as weekly income for the purposes of calculating entitlement to income-related benefits, it is estimated that there could be income-related benefit costs of £9 million per annum.
Source: Government Actuary.18W
Number Appeals lodged against AWT decision 26,506 Appeals heard 3,275 Appeals found in favour of claimant. 1,494 Percentage of appeals heard found in claimant's favour 45.6
§ Mr. Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the introduction of incapacity benefit.