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Discretionary Housing Payments

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has given to local authorities on the use of discretionary housing payments to sustain tenants in the privately rented housing sector. (99925)

General guidance on the operation of the discretionary housing payment was issued to local authorities in March 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the future of discretionary housing payments. (99926)

Ministers have had no discussions with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the future of discretionary housing payments. There are no plans to change these arrangements.