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Impact of changes to housing benefit in Wales

11 March 2013

The Welsh Affairs Committee holds an evidence session on the impact of changes to housing benefit in Wales on Wednesday 11 March at 2.15pm.

Housing policy is devolved in Wales, but housing benefit policy is not. Therefore the changes to housing benefit proposed by the UK Government, including the reduction in benefit following the introduction of a size criteria in social rented housing, will affect households in Wales.

Witnesses

Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

2.15am

  • John Puzey, Director, Shelter Cymru, Fran Targett, Director, Citizens Advice Cymru, and Alicja Zalesinska, Director, Tai Pawb.

3.00pm

  • Jonathan Isaby, Political Director, The TaxPayer’s Alliance.

Purpose

The Committee will examine the issue of under-occupancy and will discuss the availability of suitable accommodation in the social and private rental sectors in Wales. The Committee will also examine the direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social housing tenants, due to come into effect nationally in October 2013.

This evidence session is open to the public and press, all are welcome to attend. The venue is fully accessible. There is no need to reserve a place but if you would like more information please contact the Committee on 020 7219 6189 or email the Welsh Affairs Committee.

Further information

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