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Magazine article Public Finance

News: Brief

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N/ brings in transitional HB rules

Northern Ireland Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has secured some protection for the province's Housing Benefit claimants. Attwood said 'transitional protection' would delay the impact of reduced Housing Benefit rates. 'This will hopefully give those affected some time to adjust to the changes,' he said. Almost half (47%) of private renters in Northern Ireland are claiming Housing Benefit compared with 24% in England.


Rules should cover private firms

Firms that provide public services in Scotland should be subject to Freedom of Information laws, according to the Scottish Information Commissioner. In his annual report, Kevin Dunion said he was disappointed that the Scottish Government was not extending Freedom of Information rules to cover contractors that maintain services such as schools. …

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