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Housing Benefit

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

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on individual families of the changes in housing allowances which took effect in April 2011.

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

The Department has commissioned a consortium of academics and research organisations led by Ian Cole, professor of housing studies at Sheffield Hallam university to undertake an independent review of the impact of the housing benefit measures introduced last month. The work will include the effects of the measures on families.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, The Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government are working in close partnership with the DWP and contributing to the costs of the review.

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