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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts (4 March 2015)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courtrooms there are in (a) the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, (b) the County Court in Birmingham, (c) the Family Court in Birmingham and (d) the High Court in Birmingham.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: I think the Minister accepts that the Liberal Democrats believe there should be automatic exemptions for some of the people currently receiving discretionary housing payment, and does he not accept that if we automatically exempt people who are currently getting DHP the net effect on the public purse is zero?

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: I tried to intervene on the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) to ask her whether Labour would reduce under-occupation by adopting a policy that involved evicting people living in under-occupied accommodation. Does the Minister accept that if we do not remove the spare room subsidy, the only alternative open to Labour if it wanted to reduce under-occupation would be to go round...

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: I am aware of the proposal to transfer housing benefit money to local authorities with a view to building more properties. Let me ask this: what pays the rent of the people who are already in tenanted accommodation while the new properties are being built with that money?

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer that the then housing Minister, the late Malcolm Wicks, gave to a question from the hon. Member for The Cotswolds (Geoffrey Clifton-Brown) in Hansard in 2004: “We hope to implement a flat rate housing benefit system in the social sector, similar to that anticipated in the private rented sector to enable people in that sector to benefit from the...

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: rose—

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 March 2015)

John Hemming: We have found in the west midlands that private landlords are often willing to take people on housing benefit if they have a 6 Towns type of account that reserves the funds. There is a solution in the system as it stands. Perhaps that needs to be investigated. Obviously, 6 Towns does not operate across the country, but perhaps there are solutions that can be found within the current policy.

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