Government welfare minister to speak at CIH conference
A minister who suggested caps to benefits could be relaxed before government stepped in to deny it will be speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference.
Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, will be among the speakers at the ‘Welfare reform: the biggest challenge to housing’ session in the Royal Hall of the Harrogate International Centre on Wednesday 22 June from 11.30am to 1pm.
Lord Freud told the BBC last weekend that the £26,000 cap could be relaxed for those in exceptional circumstances and arrangements would be announced later in the year.
The DWP quickly denied a rethink of the policy was being undertaken and said the government had always intended to find was of helping families in hard cases.
Speaking with Lord Freud at the session will be Sir Richard Tilt, former chair of Social Security Advisory Committee and Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive of Family Mosaic. Robin Lawler, chief executive of Northwards Housing will be chairing the talk.