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.
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.