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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Housing Benefit

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Housing Benefit on 22nd April 1987.


Mr. Raynsford Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why, in the light of his undertaking to local authorities they would have 12 months to prepare for the introduction of the new housing benefit arrangements effective from April 1988, he has not yet tabled regulations and issued guidance on this subject.

Mr. McCrindle Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he proposes to lay regulations for the 1988 housing benefit reforms.

Mr. Major [pursuant to his reply, 10 April 1987, c. 503]: The regulations for the 1988 housing benefit reforms will be laid before Parliament when the Government's proposals on benefit rates are finalised in the autumn. The draft currently contains purely illustrative rates and it is not possible to legislate on the basis of figures which will not be implemented.

We are, however, committed to publishing our firm proposals on the detailed structure of the new scheme as soon as possible, so that local authorities have adequate time to prepare. The local authority associations made a very large number of helpful comments during consultation on the regulations and these are now being considered urgently.

I have informed the associations that the revised regulations will be made available to local authorities in draft around the end of this month. Guidance on the key areas of change will follow shortly after. Copies of the regulations and the guidance will be placed in the Library.