HC Deb 22 June 1984 vol 62 cc311-2W
Mrs. Beckett

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are his Department's latest estimates of the number of additional staff employed by public authorities in Great Britain as a direct result of the introduction of the housing benefit scheme; and what is the net additional expenditure attributable to these additional posts in 1984–85.

Dr. Boyson

As my right hon. Friend told the Social Services Select Committee on 20 June, staff savings of 2,400 were achieved in DHSS as a result of the introduction of the housing benefit scheme. There are indications that, for a number of reasons, including transitional difficulties, increases in the number of claims and changes in the schemes themselves, the additional staff employed by local authorities may exceed this level. I will keep the hon. Member informed when further estimates become available in due course.

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