§ Mr. Keith Bradley
We are undertaking a general review of housing benefit and housing finance, but, at the present time, we have no plans to change those specific arrangements.
§ Mr. Pike
Does my hon. Friend recognise that, although there may be no immediate plan to make a change, if he discusses the matter with benefit officers it will be found that there will be tremendous advantages in making 12 payments annually instead of 13 four-weekly payments, which cause great confusion to the recipient and to the bank or building society concerned?
§ Mr. Bradley
I am grateful for my hon. Friend's comments. As part of our general modernisation of social security, we shall study any method that streamlines the system. I am grateful for his comments on that matter, and can assure him that I will include it in the general review of which I have spoken.