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Housing Benefit

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of Statefor Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the recent Social Security Commissioners' ruling on housing benefit on registered social landlord tenants with learning difficulties. (107945)

The Social Security Commissioner's ruling concerned the rules for specialist accommodation for which the pre-1996 rent restriction scheme has been preserved. The commissioner decided that the rent restriction scheme introduced in 1996 should be used in certain cases as the accommodation did not fall intothe pre-1996 exempt categories.

The commissioner decided on the plain interpretation of the regulations as advocated by DWP, and so the housing benefit rules for registered social landlord tenants with learning difficulties have not changed.