Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th April 2013.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department took of the household adaptation requirements of disabled people in developing its plans for the under-occupancy penalty.

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

We have recognised that there will be certain circumstances where it makes no sense to move someone from a property which has already been adapted into a different one and spend more on adaptations. This is why the Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme has been increased by £25 million from 2013-14, specifically aimed at supporting those living in significantly adapted properties.

We considered the arguments for exempting certain categories of claimants but do not believe that a blanket exemption appropriate. Such an exemption would not take account of the extent or costs of any adaptations and we believe DHPs offer a more flexible and cost-effective approach.

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