Austin Mitchell

Former Labour MP for Great Grimsby

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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Austin Mitchell almost always voted against 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 17 Dec 2014: Austin Mitchell voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Austin Mitchell voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2014: Austin Mitchell voted to scrap the penalty for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms; to freeze energy bills; and to increase pay rates in Wales. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2014: Austin Mitchell was absent for a vote on Carers Bedroom Entitlement (Social Housing Sector) Bill Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2014: Austin Mitchell was absent for a vote on Affordable Homes Bill — Second Reading — Housing Benefit Penalty for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms — Exemptions Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2014: Austin Mitchell voted to retain 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 12 Feb 2014: Austin Mitchell voted against a financial penalty for those receiving housing related benefits on the basis of the number of bedrooms they have. Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2013: Austin Mitchell was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Food Banks — Economic Policies Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Austin Mitchell voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Austin Mitchell voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Austin Mitchell voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Austin Mitchell was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Austin Mitchell voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Austin Mitchell voted to require the housing cost element of universal credit to 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 15 Jun 2011: Austin Mitchell voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Austin Mitchell voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Austin Mitchell was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote

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