§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of Slate for Social Services if he has any proposals for relaxing the restrictions on bed and breakfast accommodation and lodging allowances for the duration of the present cold spell.
§ Mr. Major
There is already an extensive list of exemption from the time limits on supplementary benefits board and lodging payments to protect vulnerable groups, such as the long-term sick and disabled. There is also a discretionary power to exempt in individual cases to prevent exceptional hardship.