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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:39 pm, 4th May 2020

On the question about the self-employed, where people have assets—for example, savings set aside for paying tax—they need to check carefully and go through that as they make their claim, because it will not be considered part of savings with regard to the £16,000 threshold. On housing, we have increased the local housing allowance, and I am sure that the discretionary housing payments have gone to Ealing Council. It is open for councils to come back to central Government if they would like that to be raised substantially.