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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 whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the preferences of private sector housing tenants in respect of payment of housing benefit.

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

The evaluation of the local housing allowance pathfinders commissioned and undertaken by my Department between 2004 and 2006 examined the preference of private sector housing tenants in respect of payment of housing benefit.

Copies of the pathfinder evaluation reports covering the views and experiences of tenants, landlords, pathfinder local authorities and other stakeholders of the local housing allowance pathfinder scheme, can be found on the DWP's website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/local%2Dauthority%2Dstaff/housing%2Dbenefit/claims%2Dprocessing/local%2Dhousing%2Dallowance/evaluation/pathfinders/

The Department has commissioned a consortium of academics and research organisations led by Ian Cole, professor of housing studies at Sheffield Hallam University for the independent review of the impact of the Housing Benefit measures introduced last month.

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