Housing Need (London)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:49 am on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Shadow Minister (Higher Education and Intellectual Property) 11:49 am, 29th June 2010

No, I will not give way. We have heard enough from the hon. Gentleman and, frankly, it was pretty poor.

One in eight people on housing benefit is unemployed, but many are workers-cleaners, shop workers, hospital porters and so on. The pressure that the Budget will put on them is unacceptable. It is a disgrace, and will lead to the sort of social unrest that I and my constituents saw in 1985 when unemployment was 20% in the constituency, and probably 40% among black people. We will see that again with the cutting of the future jobs fund alongside the ridiculous, nasty policy that underpins the Government.