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 Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick Conservative, Newark 10:35 am, 28th January 2016

The amount we spend on housing benefits rose by 50% in the last years of the Labour Government. We now spend more on housing benefit than we spend on secondary education, and that sum is equivalent to 50% of the Ministry of Defence budget, yet there is a chronic shortage of social housing. Does the Minister agree that no reasonable, competent Government would not be trying to find fair and just solutions to both those problems?