HC Deb 04 December 1989 vol 163 c55W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security by how much housing benefit spending has been reduced in the past year; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Housing benefit expenditure has not been reduced over the past year; in fact, estimated spending in 1989–90 (including community charge rebates) is 17 per cent. higher than in 1988–89.

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