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Barriers to Employment

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the barriers to employment facing families in temporary accommodation. (175885)

Working on reducing barriers to employment is central to the Department's programme of welfare reform. In relation to those in temporary accommodation we support the intentions of the Working Futures pilot being carried out by the Greater London Authority and the East Thames Group.

We believe that the pilot will help inform future housing benefit policy, including our proposals for a new regime for temporary accommodation from April 2009.