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 what criteria will be used by his Department to determine how much funding each local authority will receive to investigate those eligible to receive a refund of under-occupancy payments.

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

An estimate of the overall costs has been made based on discussions with individual local authorities and local authority representative organisations. The allocation of funding has been based on the total number of claimants who currently have their spare room subsidy removed. The estimate reflects the work likely to be undertaken by local authorities, including the inspection of claim records to identify those potentially affected, collect further information, and make a decision.

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