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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th October 2017.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North 12:00 am, 9th October 2017

How much does the Secretary of State estimate is being paid out through housing benefit, or will be paid out under the housing-related costs of universal credit, for unfit accommodation in the private rented sector? All too often, I meet vulnerable tenants living in completely unfit accommodation. A huge amount of taxpayers’ money is being used to line the pockets of dodgy landlords. It is a complete and utter disgrace, and I would like to know what the Secretary of State’s estimate is of the size of the problem and what he is going to do about it.