[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Social Housing (Central London)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:57 am on 14th January 2009.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 9:57 am, 14th January 2009

In boroughs such as the hon. Gentleman's, as is probably the case for us all, that is also unfair because rich parts of the borough with high prices can contribute to the average taken across the borough. The housing benefit that someone can get might not reach anywhere near the cost of the place available because it is based on the average for an area with low-cost and high-cost housing, so it is even worse for many people.