§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether pensioners over 75 years of age living in the Wirral have been paid the additional housing benefit to which they are entitled following the Government's changes in the rules for those aged over 75 years.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
I am aware that the metropolitan borough of Wirral was not able to implement the changes to the housing benefit scheme in October 1989. The authority overcame its difficulty by the end of January 1990 and all pensioners should now be receiving their proper housing benefit entitlement.