HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 c509W
22. Mr. Simon Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on Housing Benefit for students. [111853]

Angela Eagle

Most full-time students are supported by the student support system which is designed to meet their needs. Full-time students in the vulnerable groups are entitled to claim Housing Benefit as are part-time students.

Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when his Department will issue a standard housing benefit form for those local authorities not participating in the verification framework scheme. [112155]

Angela Eagle

The Department is considering the supplementary recommendations of John Scampion's report on organised benefit fraud that a common "baseline" application form for Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB) should be introduced following consultation with local government and the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate.