§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government will respond to the Better Regulation Task Force on the recommendations in their report entitled 'Housing Benefit: a case study of lone parents' published in September 2001. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
On 12 December 2001, we responded positively and in detail to the Better Regulation Task Force report "Housing Benefit: A Case Study of Lone Parents". A copy of our response is in the Library.
On 17 October 2002, we announced a wide-ranging package of reforms for housing benefit (HB). The overall strategy for reforming HB is to improve administration, promote choice and responsibility, enhance work incentives and reduce levels of fraud and error in the system.