Select Committee on Social Security Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to the Committee from the Disability Benefits Consortium (ICC 05)


  The Disability Benefits Consortium is pleased to be invited to make a submission to the Integrated Child Credit inquiry. However, having only seen a March 2000 Treasury document, and had one follow-up meeting with officials, we are not sure what the Government's current proposals look like. Therefore, rather than make a lengthy submission we felt it would be better if we listed our key points and concerns about the child credit.

These are:

  1.  We are assuming that the child allowances within the Disabled Persons Tax Credit will come within the proposed ICC. The Treasury has assured us that this was the case but the terms of reference for your inquiry would seem to suggest otherwise. As some 42 percent of DPTC claimants have children, this is an important issue.

  2.  Is it proposed that the child dependency additions within Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) are included in the ICC? There are some 582,000 children of working age recipients of IB, SDA or income support with a disability premium (HC Hansard col 429W 24.7.00).

  3.  If the non-means tested benefits IB and SDA are included, then how does the means-testing of the ICC fit in?

  4.  Is it proposed that the additional amounts currently payable to assist with the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child will be included within the ICC? These allowances are the disabled child credits within DPTC and WFTC and the disabled child premium within income support.

  5.  Where disability living allowance is payable for a child, will this continue to be paid separately?

  We would ask that the Committee includes the above in the issues to be addressed by the inquiry.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Reith

Chief Executive

Disability Alliance

September 2000

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