Early Day Motion 705-UK UNDER OCCPANCY PENALTY (No. 2) 17/11/2013 www.parliament.uk

Posted: November 17, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

By Sue Jones (The Labour Party Forum)

Oh look, Labour HAVE pricked the consciences of the lib dems! Well Done labour!!! So NOW do you see the point of the last bedroom tax debate by labour ? 

Another Early Day Motion has been logged in regards to the ‘bedroom tax’. This time it’s a Lib Dem that has sponsored/started it.
Can I please ask that you e-mail your MP (they work for you!) and ask them to sign it on your behalf.
Is the sea finally turning ?!…………………….One only hopes. Keep fighting for what’s fair, just and morally right :fb

Early day motion 705
UNDER-OCCUPANCY PENALTY (No. 2)
Session: 2013-14
Date tabled: 11.11.2013
Primary sponsor: Mulholland, Greg
Sponsors: Swales, Ian
Sanders, Adrian
Williams, Roger
Shannon, Jim
McDonnell, Alasdair

That this House believes that the under-occupancy penalty was a mistake and should not have been introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012; further believes that it will not achieve the savings projected for it and that as constructed it is likely to have unforeseen consequences that will be unfair to certain groups and individuals; recognises that there is an urgent need to free up social housing to deal with the chronic shortage of social housing in many areas of the country, a legacy of the housing policies of previous Conservative and Labour administrations, including allowing people to buy council houses without replacing the stock, but nevertheless believes that the under-occupancy penalty is flawed and unacceptable in its current form; notes the perverse consequence that in some areas there are more larger properties now lying empty and with inadequate smaller housing; further believes that there should be more automatic exemptions, including for disabled and ill adults who require separate rooms for medical reasons or reasons associated with their disability; further believes that no-one should be subject to the penalty until they have refused a suitable home; further believes that councils should be given more exemptions, including where they can and wish to let houses above the recommended size without penalty to the individual or council; calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to conduct an urgent review of the policy and make changes; and further believes that if the Department refuses to do this, the policy should be scrapped altogether.

Early day motion 705

UNDER-OCCUPANCY PENALTY (No. 2)

That this House believes that the under-occupancy penalty was a mistake and should not have been introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012; further believes that it will not achieve the savings projected for it and that as constructed it is likely to have unforeseen consequences that will be unfair to certain groups and individuals; recognises that there is an urgent need to free up social housing to deal with the chronic shortage of social housing in many areas of the country, a legacy of the housing policies of previous Conservative and Labour administrations, including allowing people to buy council houses without replacing the stock, but nevertheless believes that the under-occupancy penalty is flawed and unacceptable in its current form; notes the perverse consequence that in some areas there are more larger properties now lying empty and with inadequate smaller housing; further believes that there should be more automatic exemptions, including for disabled and ill adults who require separate rooms for medical reasons or reasons associated with their disability; further believes that no-one should be subject to the penalty until they have refused a suitable home; further believes that councils should be given more exemptions, including where they can and wish to let houses above the recommended size without penalty to the individual or council; calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to conduct an urgent review of the policy and make changes; and further believes that if the Department refuses to do this, the policy should be scrapped altogether.

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Total number of signatures: 9

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 12.11.2013
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 12.11.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 12.11.2013
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 12.11.2013
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 11.11.2013
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 11.11.2013
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 12.11.2013
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 11.11.2013
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 11.11.2013
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