Keith Vaz

MP, Leicester East

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Leicester East Labour

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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Keith Vaz 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 9 Mar 2011: Keith Vaz 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: Keith Vaz was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Keith Vaz was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Keith Vaz 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 21 Feb 2012: Keith Vaz voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Keith Vaz was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Keith Vaz voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Keith Vaz voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Keith Vaz voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2013: Keith Vaz voted to publish the results of research into food banks; to freeze energy prices; for a water affordability scheme; for measures to end abuses of zero hours contracts; to incentivise those paying the living wage and to abolish the under-occupancy penalty for social housing tenants. Show vote
  • On 12 Feb 2014: Keith Vaz voted against a financial penalty for those receiving housing related benefits on the basis of the number of bedrooms they have. Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2014: Keith Vaz 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 5 Sep 2014: Keith Vaz 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 14 Oct 2014: Keith Vaz voted for an exception from the excess bedroom benefit penalty for people who require an extra bedroom due to their need for care. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2014: Keith Vaz 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 17 Dec 2014: Keith Vaz voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Keith Vaz voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote

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