Clause 11 — Housing costs

Part of Bill Presented — European Convention on Human Rights (Temporary Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 21st February 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 4:45 pm, 21st February 2012

I agree with the points that the hon. Gentleman is making. Just to take him back to foster children for a moment, as I understand it, they do not count towards the housing benefit bedroom entitlement, whether they are there are not. Therefore, not only is there a problem when there are no children; there is a problem when there are children.