Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional funding each local authority will receive to enable it to investigate whether claimants are eligible for refund of under-occupancy penalty payments in 2014-15.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department has allocated a total of £18.4 million to local authorities to support the ongoing administrative costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2014-15. This includes £2.1 million for the estimated costs of identifying claimants affected by the unintended exemption, which will be allocated to local authorities in line with the published number of claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy in each local authority. Further details are included in a housing benefit circular at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hb-subsidy-circular-s22014-additional-funding-to-meet-the-costs-of-implementing-welfare-reform-changes-in-apr-2014-to-mar-2015

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