Women’s Aid — [Dr William McCrea in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 14th March 2012.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye 2:30 pm, 14th March 2012

Like many Members here, I supported trying to get individuals responsible for their housing benefit. The fact that 75% now have to pay out of their own housing benefit is a positive step forward for individuals. However, I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that we must ensure that women in refuges or in Women’s Aid are allowed to have their housing benefit paid not directly to them, but to the supportive housing. I understand that the Department is still considering the matter, and I share his concerns that we need to ensure that the most vulnerable do not have to deal with their own finances and housing benefit in this way.