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Housing Benefit

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons those renting a property which they have previously owned are not normally eligible for housing benefit. (269993)

The exclusion rules concerning previously owned properties are intended to ensure that individuals do not benefit from housing benefit in circumstances that have been contrived in order to take advantage of the system. Help is however provided to those who satisfy the local authority that they could not have continued to live in the property without selling it.