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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 from (a) Shelter and (b) Crisis on the direct payment to landlords of housing benefit in respect of tenants in the private rented sector.

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

Representations have been received from both Shelter and Crisis on the direct payment of housing benefit for tenants in the private rented sector. Both Crisis and Shelter have stated that the reintroduction of tenant choice in deciding whether payments should be made to landlords would encourage landlords to stay in the housing benefit market. Shelter based their recommendation on a survey of claimants and a poll of landlords and they made these points in their response to the housing benefit reforms announced in the June 2010 Budget.

Both organisations have also submitted responses to the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Social Security Advisory Committee which highlighted this area.

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