HC Deb 15 November 1982 vol 32 c62W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has had requesting Her Majesty's Government to institute an extra £50 payment to people in receipt of supplementary benefit before Christmas to compensate for the abolition at short notice of rent-free weeks; if there are any steps he will be taking; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

I assume that the right hon. Gentleman is referring to the effect of the introduction of housing benefit on authorities with rent-free weeks. I have received one such representation. I shall be writing to the right hon. Gentleman but I would draw his attention to circular letter HB(82)3, which was recently sent by the Department to local authorities. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House.