Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which rooms in the home of a housing benefit claimant occupying a social sector property are to be regarded as bedrooms for the purposes of assessing liability for the under-occupancy penalty; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Government plans to define a bedroom for the purpose of assessing under-occupancy.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The removal of the spare room subsidy will take account of the number of bedrooms as designated by the landlord. The number of bedrooms within a property is a matter between the landlord and tenant.

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