Under-occupancy Penalty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen 10:35 am, 28th January 2016

On fairness, taxpayers will think it is fair that they subsidise social housing rent so that people living in social housing pay about 30% of market rent, in some cases. They do not think it is fair that they subsidise at 30% of market rent people having spare rooms that they do not use or do not need. If, as I suspect, the Minister is unable to give a definitive list of all the cases where people may need a spare room, surely that shows that our discretionary system is the best system and one that we must continue with.