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Social Security Benefits: Councillors

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department provides on the eligibility of local authority councillors for (a) welfare benefits and (b) jobseeker's allowance. (291989)

Detailed guidance on the rules of eligibility of local authority councillors for all Department for Work and Pensions administered social security benefits is provided in the Decision Makers Guide, a copy of which is held in the House of Commons Library and which is also available on the internet at

www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/decision-makers-guide/

Detailed guidance on the rules of eligibility of local authority councillors for housing benefit and council tax benefit is provided in the Housing Benefit Guidance Manual, a copy of which is held in the House of Commons Library and which is also available on the internet at

www.dwp.gov.uk/local-authority-staff/housing-benefit/claims-processing/operational-manuals/housing-benefit-guidance/