Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:50 pm on 27th February 2013.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member) 2:50 pm, 27th February 2013

Does my hon. Friend accept that some of the opportunities available to local authorities consist of, first, taking the hit on arrears; secondly, cutting repairs and maintenance to make ends meet; and thirdly, knocking down walls to convert two bedrooms into one? That is being actively done. As a former housing chair, I can see that is a practical solution.