Rachel Reeves

MP, Leeds West

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Leeds West 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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Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Rachel Reeves 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 1 Feb 2012: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves voted against introducing under-occupation criteria applying to housing benefit for working age claimants in the social rented sector and not to set the rates of Local Housing Allowance which applies to private rented accommodation. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Rachel Reeves was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Rachel Reeves voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Rachel Reeves voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2013: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves voted for exemptions to the benefit penalty applied to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and to require a report on affordable housing. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2014: Rachel Reeves 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: Rachel Reeves was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Government Policies (Wales) Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Rachel Reeves voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Rachel Reeves voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote

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