Iain Duncan Smith: direct payments to remain for refuges

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Published by 24publishing for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Local Government, Universal Credit

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told MPs that domestic violence victims will see their housing benefit paid directy to their refuge under Universal Credit. Mr Duncan Smith was yesterday quizzed in Parliament by Tory MP for Meon Valley, George Hollingbery, who asked IDS to reassure those concerned that the 'direct payments to claimants' policy under Universal Credit would be waived in such cases. It follows concerns by Women's Aid back in August that the proposal to pay claimants directy could have a detrimental impact on the provision of refuge serv...

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