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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th January 2013.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:30 pm, 28th January 2013

The Minister knows that 600,000 people will now need a one-bedroom flat, yet the Department’s own assessment states that there are insufficient properties to enable tenants to move to accommodation of an appropriate size, even if they want to move. From the beginning of April, therefore, people in social housing will face a £14 a week extra bill, when those on £1 million a year face a £2,000 a week tax cut. How can the Minister justify this to hon. Members such as Robert Halfon, who said that benefit cuts at a time of tax cuts of this order would send the clearest signal that

Conservatives were looking after vested interests: not so much a dog whistle—more a full blown trumpet.”?