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Lord Freud details demonstration projects to test direct payment of Housing Benefits to claimants


The Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, visited CIH’s London offices on January 30 to announce details of the demonstration projects to test the payment of Housing Benefit directly to social housing claimants as part of the Government’s plans to reform the benefits system.

Building on what was already known, Lord Freud confirmed there will be a detailed examination of landlords’ accounts and the costs associated with the new method of payment. There will be no blanket exemptions for definite categories - such as people who have been homeless - and the projects will not examine the knock on effects on other services.

Grainia Long, interim chief executive at CIH, who spoke at the event, said: “The crucial outcome is that the lessons learned in the demonstrations are actually embedded in the future policies and that we get a system of help with housing costs that works.”

The minister took questions during the session from sector representatives. CIH has produced FAQs to offer a more detailed look at the projects which can be found from the link below.

Direct payment demonstration projets FAQs

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