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Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 12th December 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Hollis of Heigham Baroness Hollis of Heigham Labour 11:22 am, 12th December 2013

My Lords, the Minister wants social tenants with a spare bedroom to free up their homes for the waiting list by moving to smaller flats, mostly in the private rented sector, where rents and therefore housing benefit will be £50 a week or more higher. If they move, the Minister will not make his savings. If they do not move and are fined, the Minister will not make his policy of helping those on the waiting list. The Minister can have his savings or he can have his policy, but he cannot have both. Which does he want?