Jeremy Beecham, chair of the LGA, said:
and improved and we are pleased the government is now looking to reform the
`We believe the proposals have real potential to make a transparent and
accessible benefit system easier for local authorities to administer. We are
also pleased that the government has finally listened to our calls for one
single funding stream, which will enable us to identify exactly how much
money the government provides local authorities to administer housing
benefit on their behalf.
`One of our key concerns however, is to ensure that the allowance level is
set to take into account the reality of the market in high demand areas. We
hope that the pilot schemes will be sufficiently long term to really assess
the changes in the market.
`The LGA will continue to lobby for improvements to the existing housing
benefit system, while the pilots are assessing the viability of these