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Board And Lodging Payments

Volume 80: debated on Thursday 13 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the implications of the new regulations on board and lodging accommodation payments for the rights of supplementary benefit claimants living temporarily in such accommodation to register on the waiting lists for local authority housing; and whether he has considered issuing a circular on the subject to housing authorities.

It is too early to say what effect, if any, the new regulations on board and lodgings will have on persons registering on the waiting lists for local authority housing. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is considering whether further steps are needed to encourage local authorities to concentrate their provision of houses on those in greatest need and in this context the effects of the regulations will be carefully monitored.