Under-Occupancy Penalty (Birkenhead)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:42 pm on 26th March 2013.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 4:42 pm, 26th March 2013

Good afternoon, Mr Benton. I congratulate Mr Field on securing a debate that is of considerable importance to his constituents. I entirely accept that the effect of this nationwide policy is different in different areas, and that a higher proportion of working-age households are affected in the north-west than in some other parts of the country.