HC Deb 02 July 2001 vol 371 c9W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase take-up of the Minimum Income Guarantee. [377]

Mr. McCartney

Our recent national take-up campaign on the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) was a success resulting in 110,286 successful claims to MIG. The average additional income awarded is £20 per week.

We have also increased the lower and upper capital limits to £6,000 and £12,000 respectively. These increases will result in more people becoming newly entitled to MIG and will increase the number of people who will become entitled to the full amount of the MIG.

Additionally, we will continue to work in partnership with the voluntary sector and local authorities to find ways of identifying and encouraging those who are likely to benefit from MIG to claim.

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