HC Deb 10 June 1985 vol 80 cc363-4W
Mr. Gale

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the options that are open to board and lodging claimants aged between 19 and 26 years upon completion of the period for which payment as a boarder is permitted under the Supplementary Benefit (Requirements and Resources) Miscellaneous Provisions Regulations 1985; if he will detail the full amounts payable to such a claimant under such circumstances either through unemployment or supplementary benefit, personal allowance and non-householder allowance and through housing benefit where appropriate; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitney

A fit unemployed person aged between 19 and 26 without dependants is entitled to supplementary benefit as a boarder for periods which, unless he falls in to one of the excepted categories, are limited. At the end of such periods, supplementary benefit will change to the rate applicable to a non-householder (£22.45 a week for a single person with an addition of £3.30 for those aged 21 or over). This rate also applies where the person goes to live with family or friends. If he takes up rented accommodation the householder rate of £28.05 applies and he is eligible for housing benefit which depends on the level of his rent and rates. If he moves to another area as a boarder he will again become eligible for a further restricted period to the personal expenses allowance of £9.25 plus an allowance for his board and lodgings according to the limit appropriate to that area.

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