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Foster Care: Housing Benefit

Education written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on including foster children in the allocation of bedrooms to families that are claiming housing benefit.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education has worked closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure foster carers' unique circumstances are dealt with fairly within new housing benefit rules for families of working age living in social housing.

As a result of these discussions, local authorities' discretionary housing fund will be increased by £5 million from April 2013 to enable authorities to make up shortfalls foster carers may face in paying their rent, including those who need to keep an extra room when they are in between fostering.

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