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LGA Backs Benefits Ban for Antisocial Residents

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Backs Benefits Ban for Antisocial Residents

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Town hall leaders have given cautious backing to government plans announced this week to dock the housing benefit of antisocial residents who refuse to undertake 'rehabilitation'.

Bryony Rudkin, chair of the Local Government Association's safer communities board, said the sanction, outlined by Work and Pensions secretary John Hutton on June 5, could work, but only as part of a broader package of measures.

'It is useful as long as we consider ways to change behaviour in the long term. We also need to look at how people who aren't on housing benefits are dealt with/ she added.

Under the plans outlined by Hutton, persistent offenders evicted from their homes, who are on housing benefit, will be offered a range of support and rehabilitation to get to grips with the causes of their behaviour. …

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