Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifteenth Report


APPENDIX V

Memorandum by the Department of Social Security


HOUSING BENEFIT (INFORMATION FROM LANDLORDS AND AGENTS) REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997/2436)

  1. The Committee has asked for a Memorandum on the following point: -

    "In relation to regulation 5(2)(b), explain whether it is intended that the supplier can make his request for further time to provide the information after the expiry of the 4 weeks' limit mentioned in paragraph (1).".

  2. It was not the Department's intention that the landlords should seek this variation as to the time limit after the expiry of the 4 week period. The criminal offence set out at regulation 6 would in fact be complete at the expiry of the period of 4 weeks, unless the supplier had already made his request and obtained the written agreement of the requirer to the variation. It is for this reason that in the specimen letter to suppliers which the Department has issued as Guidance to local authorities it is stressed that any such requests should be made at the earliest possible opportunity.

  3. The Department's intention was that the 8 week period mentioned in paragraph (2)(b) should operate as an alternative to the 4 week period mentioned in paragraph (1), not as an extension of that period.

25th November 1997


 
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