Alan Duncan

Minister of State

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Rutland and Melton Conservative

Housing Benefit Reduction For Those Deemed to have Excess Bedrooms

There have been votes in Parliament on the introduction, and operation of, a policy to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. This policy has been called the "Bedroom Tax" by Labour and some commentators .

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Alan Duncan generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax"):

  • On 9 Mar 2011: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Alan Duncan voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Alan Duncan voted not to require the housing cost element of universal credit be sufficient to cover the actual cost of housing for social tenants in cases where no offer of alternative accommodation has been made and the household has no more than one spare bedroom. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Alan Duncan voted not to add proposed exclusions from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Alan Duncan voted to introduce under-occupation criteria applying to housing benefit for working age claimants in the social rented sector and to set the rates of Local Housing Allowance which applies to private rented accommodation. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Alan Duncan voted in favour of a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2013: Alan Duncan voted against publishing the results of research into food banks; against freezing energy prices; against a water affordability scheme; against measures to end abuses of zero hours contract; against incentives for those paying the living wage and against abolishing the under-occupancy penalty for social housing tenants. Show vote
  • On 12 Feb 2014: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit and Universal Credit — Regular Payments and Penalty for Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2014: Alan Duncan voted to remove an exemption from housing benefit penalties due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms which applied to those who've continuously received the benefit in the same property since before 1 January 1996. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2014: Alan Duncan voted against exemptions to the benefit penalty applied to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and against requiring a report on affordable housing. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2014: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Carers Bedroom Entitlement (Social Housing Sector) Bill Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2014: Alan Duncan voted to keep the penalty for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms; against freezing energy bills; and against measures to increase pay rates in Wales. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit Penalties for Social Tenants Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit Penalties for Social Tenants Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote

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