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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the possible implications for (a) Criminal Records Bureau checks and (b) child protection of the extension of the Shared Accommodation Rate of Local Housing Allowance to (i) 25 to 34 year olds who are (1) parents with part-custody of their children and (2) women up until the latest stage of pregnancy and (ii) other 25 to 34 year olds; and if he will make a statement.
I have been asked to reply.
It is not possible to assess any increased risk to children by extending the age threshold of the shared accommodation rate. Criminal Record Bureau checks are not appropriate in these circumstances and so we do not anticipate there being any implications for these.