Comprehensive Spending Review

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 20th October 2010.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester 12:31 pm, 20th October 2010

I welcome the Government's commitment to end child poverty-during this Parliament, we hope-which Labour failed miserably to do, but may I draw the Chancellor's attention to what the coalition programme says about rented housing? Hundreds of thousands of families will be adversely affected by the removal or cutting of housing benefit. Will he confirm that local authorities have a statutory duty to house homeless families, and that the cost of bed-and-breakfast accommodation is considerably greater than that of housing benefit?