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Local Housing Allowance

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 48W, on local housing allowance, what the timetable is for removal of the £15 excess. (309381)

On 7 December 2009 the pre-Budget report announced that the Government had decided not to implement the withdrawal of the £15 excess in April 2010.

The Government are considering all aspects of the local housing allowance alongside its wider strategy for housing benefit reform in its consultation document “Supporting People in to Work: The Next Stage of Housing Benefit Reform”. Our proposals will ensure that housing benefit is better able to help people into work, is fairer, more efficiently delivered and represents good value for money for the taxpayer.