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Forces familes, foster carers and families with severely disabled children protected from housing benefit changes

March 12, 2013 4:14 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Commenting, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pensions, Greg Mulholland said:

"There is a real need to deal with the chronic shortage of social housing. It is therefore important to encourage people who are under-occupying to move in to smaller accommodation to free up desperately needed family homes.

"There has, however, been concern that a number of groups have not been exempt from the plans for the spare room subsidy.

"I am delighted that as a result of Liberal Democrat pressure the Secretary of State has announced that families with severely disabled children who cannot share with a sibling, Armed Forces families and foster carers will now be exempt from the loss of part of their housing benefit."