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The Department of Social Security
(DSS) is the name of a defunct governmental agency in the United Kingdom
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The DSS replaced the older Department of Health and Social Security
The Department of Health and Social Security was a ministry of the British government in existence for twenty years from 1968 until 1988, and was headed by the Secretary of State for Social Services.-History:...
, from 1988 until 2001, when it was itself largely replaced as a department of the Government of the United Kingdom by the Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions is the largest government department in the United Kingdom, created on June 8, 2001 from the merger of the employment part of the Department for Education and Employment and the Department of Social Security and headed by the Secretary of State for Work and...
. The old abbreviation
An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase...
is still often used informally. Particularly the United Kingdom, advertisements for rented accommodation often describe prospective tenants who would be paying their rent by means of Housing Benefit
Housing Benefit is a means tested social security benefit in the UK that is intended to help meet Housing costs for rented accommodation. The primary legislation governing Housing Benefit is the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. Operationally, the governing Regulations are...
as 'DSS' tenants.
The Department of Social Security used to help people with their claims and benefits. They used to help people those were in difficult situations socially.