§ 51. Mr. Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the progress of his current review into board and lodgings payments.
§ Mr. Portillo
I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the review of income support for people in hostels. We have commissioned a study by the Policy Studies Institute into the characteristics of hostels providing accommodation for income support recipients. We expect to receive the results shortly. In the meantime, no decisions have been taken on future arrangements for paying these claimants.