Under-occupancy Penalty: Disabled People

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 15 January 2015.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People) 9:30, 15 January 2015

The hon. Gentleman is a little churlish in his response to my answer. I have looked at the discretionary housing payment guidance in significant detail and it gives local authorities complete discretion. Local authorities are the ones considering specific cases and they are in possession of all the facts. I trust them to make good, sensible decisions.