HC Deb 03 March 2000 vol 345 cc427-8W
Mr. Welsh

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if the payment of compensation for mining-related illness to ex-coal miners will result in a reduction of social security benefits currently paid to them. [112502]

Mr. Bayley

Payments of compensation are treated as capital in the income-related benefits1. Where a person who has suffered a personal injury (including an industrial illness) receives a compensation payment, the capital value may be disregarded if it is held in a Trust Fund. Normal rules on income from Trust Funds would apply. 1 The income-related benefits are Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.