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Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons residential properties owned by local authorities for temporary accommodation are not included in the definition of temporary accommodation in the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

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

In framing these regulations (the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, SI 2102/3040) Ministers decided that it would be contrary to the purpose of the regulations to exclude from their effect accommodation which local authorities provided from their own stock when discharging their functions under part 3 of the Housing Act 1985, part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 or (in Scotland) part 2 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 or to prevent the claimant being or becoming homeless within the meaning of part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 or (in Scotland) part 2 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987.

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