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Housing Benefit: Anti-social Behaviour

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Plaskitt) has made the following Statement.

I am pleased to announce the local authorities that have been chosen to pilot a sanction of housing benefit linked to anti-social behaviour. The sanction, contained in the Welfare Reform Bill (Clause 31), is part of the Respect programme and would apply where a household has been evicted for anti-social behaviour and subsequently refuses to engage with rehabilitation services offered. It will give local authorities an additional tool for tackling anti-social behaviour in order to achieve a culture of self-respect, respect for others and respect for community.

The intention is to pilot the scheme for two years (subject to the Bill receiving Royal Assent) in the following local authorities:

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council;

Blackpool Borough Council;

Dover District Council;

Manchester City Council;

New Forest District Council;

Newham London Borough Council;

South Gloucestershire Council; and

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council