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Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the level of non-Housing Revenue Account housing benefit subsidy to local authorities for homeless households placed in temporary accommodation in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (145167)

A questionnaire has been sent to a sample of local authorities seeking information on the use and costs of temporary accommodation. Until we have considered the results of this questionnaire, no decision can be made about subsidy arrangements in respect of homeless households in temporary accommodation for 2008-09.

We are continuing to work with the Department for Communities and Local Government and the devolved Administrations on our longer term proposals which would separate out reasonable costs for the rent and management of temporary accommodation; we would expect these to take effect from 2009.