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The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the ...
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the

secretary of state for social security to consider draft regulations

which would, from April 2000, introduce a new transitional Housing

Benefit scheme for supported accomodation The new transitional scheme

has been developed as part of the government's 'Supporting People'

proposals which were published on 10 December 1998 in the

consultation paper Supporting People. A new policy and funding

framework for support services.

The new transitional scheme would replace the current provisions

(introduced in August 1997) which enable Housing Benefit to meet all

reasonable charges for general counselling and support in 'existing

supported accommodation' and the rule which allows otherwise

ineligible charges for personal general counselling and support to be

met by Housing Benefit, provided that the landlord or his employee

spend the majority of time in providing other eligible services. The

new transitional provisions would also apply in Income Support,

income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Child Support. The new

transitional scheme would also generate information needed to

implement long-term arrangements for the funding of support services.

Before the committee considers and reports on the regulations,

it would like to hear from organisations and individuals who have

views on the proposals for the new transitional scheme.

Representations will be welcome from Northern Ireland, where similar

unending regulations will be introduced. Copies of an explanatory

note and the draft regulations are available on the

SSAC website,, or may be obtained from the

Secretary, SSAC, Room 344, New Court, 48 Carey Street, London WC2A

2LS. Representations to the Committee, on paper or by E.Mail,, should be sent to arrive no later than

Friday, 2 July 1999.

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