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05 May 2017
Forth Valley Stronger Together

Parliamentary Written Questions

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to adjust the rules on the under-occupancy penalty to take account of the circumstances of disabled persons. [154319]

Steve Webb: At present there are no plans to adjust the rules relating to the removal of the spare room subsidy.

Concerns relating to disabled tenants, including those whose accommodation has been adapted for their needs has been taken into account. Applying a blanket exemption however is not the most effective or affordable approach as this would not take account of a person\'s circumstances.

Accordingly, discretionary housing payments are a far better way of dealing with this as it is more flexible and Local decision makers are better placed to make informed judgements about relative priorities and needs and to target limited resources more effectively.

The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has produced two new guides on the \"easyproposed changes in Welfare Benefits over the next few years.  

You can download both of them from here.  The photo booklet.  The Easy Read pamphlet

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