§ Mr. Silvester
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning the difficulty of administering the housing benefit scheme; and whether such representations indicate that problems are local or on a national scale.
§ Dr. Boyson
The Department has received representations from the local authority associations and from a few36W individual authorities about transitional problems or delays in some authorities on the implementation of housing benefits. The size of the task is such that most authorities have encountered some problems but representations suggest that serious difficulties are limited to particular authorities.