HC Deb 25 March 1986 vol 94 cc449-50W
41. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations he has received on the new method of assessment of housing benefit.

Mr. Newton

Over 2,000 submissions were received on the housing benefit proposals contained in the Green Paper "Reform of Social Security" (Cmnd. 9517). A number of further representations have been made following publication of the White Paper (Cmnd. 9691) and the Social Security Bill.

57. Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much he expects to save as a result of his planned changes to students' entitlement to housing benefit.

Mr. Newton

Of the proposals for change referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee and the local authority associations on 7 January which would reduce students' entitlement to benefits, those relating to housing benefit account for about 90 per cent. of the gross savings of some £40 million-£45 million. However the savings will be partly offset by the cost of compensatory changes amounting to approximately £20 million-£25 million, of which about half will be distributed through the housing benefits scheme through new income disregards.