HC Deb 11 November 1991 vol 198 c403W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what account was taken of the need of children of homeless families in bed-and-breakfast accommodation to have a balanced diet in the review of the arrangements for income support of homeless families.

Miss Widdecombe

Since April 1989 people in board and lodging accommodation have been treated in the same way as most other recipients of income support. They therefore now receive housing benefit to cover the cost of their accommodation and also standard income support personal allowances and premiums to meet their day-to-day living expenses.

The income support rates, including premiums, are regularly reviewed and from April 1992 the Government propose to increase these by a full 7 per cent.

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