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Public consultation: The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011 - closes 17th June 2011

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The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider proposals for the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011. These proposals would change the definition of a ‘young individual’ for Housing Benefit purposes, so that it would in future cover people under the age of 35, rather than 25 as now. The effect would be to limit the award of Housing Benefit for single people up to age 35 to the shared accommodation rate. This rate reflects the cost of renting property where the tenant has sole use of a bedroom but has shared use of other rooms such as a kitchen or bathroom.

Before the Committee considers and reports on these proposals, it would like to hear from organisations and individuals who have views.

Closing date for responses

The closing date for responses is 17 June 2011.

How to Respond

You can download a copy of the Department’s explanatory memorandum, and a copy of the draft regulations from the SSAC website or from the Secretary to the Committee, Gill Saunders (0207 962 8345).

Representations should be sent to the Committee at N E Spur, Level 3, Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT or by email to<, or via the consultation response facility on the website.

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