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Housing Benefit

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the saving to the Exchequer as a result of the changes in housing benefit this April.

The changes save £650 million when compared with what the old scheme would have cost next year. This comprises £150 million in public expenditure and £500 million in rate rebates which are not classified as public expenditure.