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Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in the House of Lords at 11:00 pm on 27th January 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Meacher Baroness Meacher Crossbench 11:00 pm, 27th January 2016

It is extremely late but I would like to thank the noble Earl, Lord Cathcart, the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, and the noble Lords, Lord Layard and Lord McKenzie, for their very helpful and powerful contributions. The Minister and I will have to disagree passionately about this issue: I do not think we are going to agree. The Minister is right that landlords have a lot of power. They will walk away. Why should they let out their properties and not have their rent paid? They will not do it. That is my big worry—I say that seriously to the Minister: they will not do it. One can talk about budgeting help and all sorts of things but this is very difficult. As benefits reduce, people are going to find it incredibly difficult to manage at all. They simply will not be able to leave any money in the pot until the end of the month to pay their rent because of the pressures they will be under. I profoundly and passionately disagree with the Minister, as much as I respect and like him. But what am I supposed to do but withdraw my amendment?

Amendment 82A withdrawn.

In the Title

Amendment 83

Moved by Lord Freud line 5, after “interest” insert “and other liabilities”

Amendment 83 agreed.

Title, as amended, agreed.