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Making Housing Benefit Work

September 16, 2013 9:33 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
The motion expresses concern that the Government's extension of Labour's policy of reducing housing benefit entitlements for private rented sector tenants considered to have spare bedrooms to the social housing sector is discriminating against the most vulnerable in society.

Key proposals include:
Commenting, Lord Mike German said:

"The changes to housing benefit are about trying to tackle overcrowding and long housing waiting lists, while at the same time getting a fairer system for those who live in private rented and social housing.
"We recognise that this is an issue which causes debate within the party which is why we have successfully argued for more funding to protect the most vulnerable.
"We have listened to the views expressed in today's debate and will continue to vigorously evaluate the impact of this policy. As we have said all along, we will monitor its effect on our communities and take action accordingly."