Archives for October 7th, 1999

GOVERNMENT WIDENS NET ON HOUSING BENEFIT

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 October, 1999

The Government is beginning to listen to the detail of the objection of councils and the voluntary sector over its method in planning to scrap housing benefit.It has agreed to make a change to the rules about sheltered accommodation, widening its definition to include more types of sheltered accommodation whose occupants will be allowed to claim Transitional Housing Benefit.

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CHILDCARE INFORMATION AT TESCO

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 October, 1999

Electronic information points have been set up in supermarkets around the country in a pilot scheme using touchscreen technology to provide information on local childcare provision, employment and training in the early years sector, benefits and family support services.It is part of the Government’s drive outlined in the Modernising Government White Paper to use technology to make public services more accessible to people. It also supports the employment policy of providing joined-up information about work, childcare and benefits in one place to encourage take-up.

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THE REFORM OF HOUSING BENEFIT

Book News, PublicNet: 7 October, 1999

By Peter KingHousing benefit in the UK is currently out of control, due to its openendedness and the ability of landlords to control rent levels. This paper proposes the abolition of housing benefit and its replacement with a notional housing element incorporated into income support. . This will break the control of landlords as well as reconnecting the link between
income and rent levels which is lost under the current system.

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