§ Mr. Kinsey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take immediate action to help pensioners and others in Birmingham, who have been notified by the form A87 of a reduction in supplementary benefits covering rent assistance, before Birmingham's housing department has granted the corresponding reduction on their rent book, thereby causing them anxiety.
§ Mr. Dean
Form A87 explains that supplementary benefit will be reduced 179W because of a rent rebate, about which the local housing authority will be telling the tenant. I understand that Birmingham Corporation has already written to tenants reassuring them that they will not be treated as in arrears of rent because of the changeover. I am considering whether there is anything further my Department can do to reassure beneficiaries.