HC Deb 03 August 1971 vol 822 c245W
29. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he proposes to take to prevent misappropriation by the recipients of public money paid to persons receiving social security benefits in respect of rent due.

Mr. Dean

Where the Supplementary Benefits Commission becomes aware that a rent addition is not being used to pay the rent, it takes whatever steps within its power that may be necessary. In the last resort, the rent may be paid direct to the landlord if this seems necessary to protect the interests of the tenant or his dependants.