§ Mr. Meadowcroft
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from metropolitan authorities concerning the full start of the housing benefit scheme; and if he is satisfied with its operation.
§ Dr. Boyson
The Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the other local authority associations, have asked for an extension of the transitional arrangements to allow some authorities more time to complete the take-on of existing cases onto housing benefit. This has been granted. An up-to-date report on the implementation of the scheme is currently being compiled. I hope to make a statement on it shortly.