§ Mr. Ray Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether special consideration is being given, in connection with proposed changes in legislation for helping people on low incomes with board and lodging 664W charges, to the position of women and children who because of violence in the family home are forced to seek accommodation at women's aid refuges.
§ Mr. Major
A wide range of interested organisations have responded to the consultative paper on proposals for help with board and lodging charges under the reformed social security scheme. We are giving close consideration to the points that have been raised, including the position of people living in women's aid refuges.