Social Security Benefits: Coastal Areas

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of recent changes to the welfare system on the movement of vulnerable people to the principal seaside towns of the UK.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department has commissioned a consortium of academics and research organisations led by Ian Cole, professor of housing studies at Sheffield Hallam university to undertake an independent review of the impact of changes to the local housing allowance system of housing benefit.

Elements of the research are impacts on vulnerable individuals and a spatial analysis of the effects of the changes that will examine movement from one local authority to another.

The Department published a report of early findings on 14 June and a copy of the report has been lodged in the House Library.

Further findings from the interim stage of the review will be published early in the new year.

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