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
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, www.ssac.org.uk., 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,
ssac@nctO01.dss.gov.uk, should be sent to arrive no later than
Friday, 2 July 1999.