Social Rented Housing: Homelessness

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate to social rented housing on levels of homelessness among people under 35.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate to social rented housing on the ability of single people under the age 35 to access general needs social rented housing.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Full impact and equality impact assessments will be undertaken in due course. This measure is not being introduced until April 2018 and only then where new tenancies have been taken out or existing tenancies renewed from 1 April 2016

Discretionary Housing Payments will be available to help single people under 35 (claiming either housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit) if they need help transitioning to the Shared Accommodation Rate in April 2018.

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