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SINGLE MOTHER CLAMPDOWN BASED ON MYTH

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Sir George Young's promise to prevent single mothers jumping queues for council housing is based on 'a myth that si...
Sir George Young's promise to prevent single mothers jumping queues for council housing is based on 'a myth that significant numbers of young women are getting pregnant to get a house', the Institute of Housing said last week.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference last Thursday, Sir George said he would change homelessness legislation in order to remove councils' obligation to house single parents. But John Perry, policy director of the IoH, which represents 11,000 housing managers, said: 'Our own research with local authorities shows that most single parent families seek housing as a result of divorce or domestic violence'.

Conservative controlled Wandsworth LBC has lobbied the government to change the law and allow councils to find temporary accommodation for single parents. Association of Metropolitan Authorities Housing Chair Margaret Moran criticised Wandsworth and said the AMA would give the council 'parental guidance on this one'.

l Social Security Secretary Peter Lilley told the conference he was cracking down on housing benefit fraud. Mr Lilley promised a central computer register 'to stop people claiming from several different councils'. The department said this would start with the names and national insurance numbers of claimants from 20 councils. Councils are already allowed to keep a part of £400 million which the department believes is overpaid to claimants.
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