§ Lord Morris of Manchester
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is currently the maximum weekly payment made for his or her care by any client of the Independent Living Fund who is in employment; and what weekly income he or she is left with after payment. [HL935]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham)
The highest known current weekly payment' is made by a client of the Independent Living (Extension) Fund who is contributing £275.26 towards the cost of the care package. The Fund's payment is £152.29 per week and the client's remaining weekly income is £219.67.
The changes to the earnings disregard which my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State announced on 27 January should improve the position of this client, and many others. Based on the current information held by the Fund, under the new rules the Fund's contribution would increase to £228.29 per week, while the client's contribution would reduce to £198.76 and the remaining weekly income increase to £296.10.
1Based on the 80 per cent of ILF customers for whom the relevant records are computerised and can therefore be scanned at proportionate cost.