HC Deb 08 January 2001 vol 360 cc468-9W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what information his Department has collated on the performance of IT Net in delivering housing benefit contracts; and if he will place it in the Library. [144521]

Angela Eagle

Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to administer the Housing Benefit scheme even when some administrative tasks are contracted out. While this Department continues to monitor the performance of local authorities through the programme of inspections by the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI), we do not collate information on the performance of individual contractors. The BFI's report on the London borough of Islington was published on 11 December and a copy has been placed in the Library.