HC Deb 10 December 1997 vol 302 c602W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proposals there are to exempt local employment trading schemes from benefit calculations. [18931]

Mr. Denham

The Government believes that work is the best form of welfare for people of working age. Our Welfare to Work objectives are to provide work incentives, to reduce poverty and welfare dependency and to strike a new balance between responsibilities and rights. A programme of monitoring and evaluation is under way to enable us to ensure that Jobseeker's Allowance contributes to achieving our objectives.

In addition to this major evaluation exercise, we shall also keep the individual benefit rules, including the treatment of LETS, under active consideration as we develop our plans.