Clause 11 — Housing costs
Bill Presented — European Convention on Human Rights (Temporary Withdrawal) Bill
Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)
I give my hon. Friend that assurance and pay tribute to him. I know that he has a deep knowledge of the sector. It is very important, but the approach that we have sought to take is that there should not be a one-size-fits-all solution. Where we can, we should localise and give discretion. There may be circumstances in which somebody is still a foster carer and has a property that is much too large even for those needs, but we want to make sure that we provide proper protection for those who carry out such a vital role in our society. We are making substantial amounts of money available to local authorities so that they have the discretion to protect the people who are performing that important role.