Housing Benefit

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 31 January (WA 229), which stakeholders have been, are being, and will be consulted on the changes to the local authority good practice guidance for discretionary housing payments.

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 31 January (WA 229), whether they propose that Appendix A of the discretionary housing payments good practice guidance will be amended.

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

We are making amendments to the discretionary housing payments good practice guidance, which include an addition to Appendix A to specifically cover assistance for customers affected by reductions in local housing allowance rates.

We have invited representatives from local authorities, welfare rights and homelessness charities, other government departments and the devolved Administrations to comment on and contribute to a draft of the guidance.

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