– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th September 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-36145

To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding issues arising from the changes in housing benefit proposed in the UK Budget in June 2010.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government is considering the possible impact of the changes to housing benefit proposed by the UK Government. It is essential that the effects of these changes are fully understood, particularly with regard to vulnerable households and critical policy objectives such as the 2012 homelessness commitments. Officials are in regular contact with their counterparts in the Department for Work and Pensions and I have stressed to UK ministers the importance of genuine and extensive consultation on their welfare reform proposals, both in correspondence and during a meeting on 29 July 2010 with the UK Minister for Disabled People.

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