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[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Housing Benefit

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:52 am on 13th October 2010.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 10:52 am, 13th October 2010

Like the right hon. Lady, I am keen to have a sensible debate on this subject. She mentioned the evidence that the Mayor of London has produced. The Mayor met my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State towards the end of September, and we are in close dialogue with London local authorities and others so that we do understand the implications of the changes.

With regard to turnover in the private rented sector, the local housing allowance scheme only came in just over two years ago, in April 2008, and 75% of private rented sector cases are now within the scope of that scheme. There is huge turnover of people. People are making decisions about new-