§ Siobhain McDonagh
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he will be making to the Discretionary Social Fund. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will be making a number of minor changes to the discretionary social fund, with effect from 18 August 2002. The improvements included in this amendment to directions and guidance have been identified during the course of routine monitoring and also include recommendations made by the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Independent Review Service for the Social Fund.
Details of the changes have been placed in the Library.