Housing minister warns benefit report could be rejected
Tuesday 5th November 2013, 5:00PM GMT.
HOUSING will hold a ‘post-mortem’ into its falling-out with Social Security amid warnings proposals to uplift benefit rates could be thrown out by the States.
Both departments were heavily criticised for being at odds, despite both being at the core of a report to modernise the benefits system by combining rent rebate with supplementary benefit.
Housing minister Dave Jones, who placed an unsuccessful amendment to link benefits to a minimum income study rather than Social Security’s proposed 2.1% increase, said there was now a danger the whole issue could be rejected when debate resumes on 13 November.
A board meeting was due on Thursday to include a post-mortem into what took place and whether [Housing] could have done any more to try to improve the report.