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Housing Benefit

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security by how much housing benefit spending has been reduced in the past year; and if he will make a statement.

Housing benefit expenditure has not been reduced over the past year; in fact, estimated spending in 1989–90 (including community charge rebates) is 17 per cent. higher than in 1988–89.