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Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on whether tenants in the private rented sector should be able to decide who receives their housing benefit payments.

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

The Department has received representations during the current parliamentary session on the subject of direct payment of housing benefit to private rental sector landlords from:

National Landlords Association

Greater London Authority

Crisis

Shelter

Citizens Advice.

Other organisations, such as the Residential Landlords Association and the British Property Federation, have made submissions to the Work and Pensions Select Committee proposing the reintroduction of tenant choice for housing benefit payments.

Several similar letters and representations have been received from Members of Parliament in respect of their constituents and local organisations.

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