Latest from parliament; week ending 18 March 2011

Parliamentary news; week ending 18 March 2011

 ESA appeals

 Mr Djanogly:The average length of time taken to determine an appeal for employment support allowance was 22.51 weeks as of 31 January 2011. This is the most recent period for which statistics have been published.

 Council Tax Benefit

Mr Bain:To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to integrate the payments of universal credit and council tax benefit in the next four years.

Chris Grayling:In developing its plans for a new system for localised council tax support delivered by local authorities, the Government have been clear that the changes should support the positive work incentives that will be introduced through the Government's plans on universal credit. Full consultation on the new system for localised support with council tax in relation to England will be undertaken in due course, led by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Maximum benefits cap

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment he has carried out in respect of the proposed benefit cap of £26,000 per household.

Chris Grayling:If the benefit cap were applied in full we estimate that around 50,000 households will have their benefits reduced by the policy. Households whose benefit is reduced as a result of the cap on total benefit income will lose on average around £93 per week.