HC Deb 11 March 1987 vol 112 cc237-8W
Mr. Radice

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the weekly amounts of standard housing benefit currently payable (assuming a grant-aided period of 38 weeks) to a single grant-aided student without dependents or disability, aged under 25, studying on an advanced course at a London college and living in privately rented accommodation by way of (i) rent allowance for eligible rents of £18, £20, £22, £24, £26, £28 and £30 per week; and (ii) rate rebate (assuming the student's eligible rent to exceed £17.70 per week) for eligible rates of £2.50, £3, £4 and £5 per week; and what will be the weekly amounts of benefit payable to the same student in the same circumstances under the housing benefit scheme to be introduced under the Social Security Act 1986 on the basis that the tapers for rent allowance and rate rebate will be 60 per cent. and 20 per cent., respectively, that 20 per cent. of rates will be ineligible for benefit and upon the assumption that the basic level of income support for a claimant aged under 25 will be £25 per week; and if he will present the above information in tabulated form so as to show losses or gains as between comparable claims under the present and intended new systems.

Mr. Lyell

I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.

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