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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the implementation of cuts in housing benefit, how many homeless people they forecast there will be.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We have carried out an impact assessment on the changes to housing benefit. This was published on 30 November 2010 and is available in the Library. It does not contain an estimate of the impact on homelessness as we cannot anticipate the behaviours of tenants or their landlords. We have taken action to reduce the risk of households becoming homeless with a substantial package of financial and practical support in place, worth £190 million over the spending review period. We are also giving existing customers up to nine months' transitional protection so that they have time to look for alternative accommodation if they need to.

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