Committee's meeting with Ministers to discuss support for housing costs

06 February 2014

This was the final evidence session for the inquiry into support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system.

The session covered:

  • How the Government intends to support vulnerable people affected by the Social Sector Size Criteria (SSSC) and the Benefit Cap
  • Government plans to ensure all supported accommodation is exempt from the SSSC and the Benefit Cap
  • What the current Government position is regarding temporary accommodation and its interaction with the SSSC and the Benefit Cap
  • Affordability of suitable accommodation in the private sector for Housing Benefit claimants
  • Discretionary Housing Payment allocations and sufficiency of funds in the future
  • How the Government intends to support local authorities and tenants affected by changes to council tax support
  • Resourcing arrangements in the Local Support Services Framework

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 23 July 2013.

Details of the session are as follows:

Time/date: Wednesday 12 February at 9.30 am
Location: Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform and Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Director for Housing Policy, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing and Jennifer Ashby, Deputy Director of Welfare Reform, Department for Communities and Local Government


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