§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will bring forward proposals to exclude members' allowances received by councillors when calculating benefits and other entitlement. 
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
We have no immediate plans to change the way councillors' allowances are treated when calculating benefits although we are keeping the individual benefit rules under review. Councillors do already enjoy some important concessions in the benefits system which are not available to other people.