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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th February 2013.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 27th February 2013

As the hon. Lady knows, as part of this measure there is a £50 million fund to support people directly. We have addressed specifically the point about armed forces families, and when people leave the home they will be more than compensated for any costs under the under-occupancy rules. I come back to the bigger picture: housing benefit is up 50% in real terms and now accounts for £23 billion of public spending. If the Opposition come to the Chamber week after week and say no to the benefit cap, no to a cap on housing benefit, no to restricting the growth of benefits and no to our under-occupancy measures, people will simply not believe that they have any plans whatsoever to deal with our deficit. You know what? They would be right.