The equality impact assessment was published on 21 April 2008; a copy has been placed in the Library. It is also available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at:
The assessment considers the potential impact on a range of groups, including the most vulnerable, and proposes steps to mitigate any adverse effects. A publicity campaign will be launched, to raise awareness of the change and to advise tenants to apply for benefit in good time. We will also be working with landlords to encourage them to tackle rent arrears at the earliest possible time as this is often a trigger for a backdating claim.