HC Deb 04 March 1999 vol 326 c883W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will increase the income support disregard from £15 to £30 a week for people with learning disabilities. [74301]

Mr. Bayley

Our welfare reform programme has focused on making work pay and providing new and innovative ways to help people on benefit make an early return to work. The Disabled Person's Tax Credit, to be introduced in October this year, will ensure that sick and disabled people, who are able to work for 16 hours or more per week, are better off in work. In addition, the New Deal for Disabled People is exploring ways of improving opportunities for those who want to move into or stay in work.