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Supplementary Benefit Review

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made on the second stage of the supplementary benefit review; and what plans his Department has for publishing consultation papers on the questions not covered in social assistance.

On two of the topics listed in "Social Assistance" for further study in the second stage of the review, consultation papers have already been issued. These covered, respectively, relationships with other agencies, and supplementary benefit for boarders and people in residential accommodation. Some of the topics listed will be dealt with by the proposals for reform of the scheme which my right hon. Friend will be announcing shortly. We will consider the need for consultation papers on the remaining topics in due course.