MP Annette Brooke questions minister on spare room tax

Bournemouth Echo: MP Annette Brooke questions minister on spare room tax MP Annette Brooke questions minister on spare room tax

A QUESTION on discretionary housing payments and the ending of the spare room subsidy was put by Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, at Work and Pensions Questions in the House of Commons.

She enquired about the effectiveness of discretionary housing payments and pressed Steve Webb, Minister of State for Work and Pensions to agree that councils should use all available funds provided to offset the ending of the spare room subsidy for those who are disabled and have a need for two bedrooms or more and those who cannot find smaller accommodation.

She also asked if under spending this year would affect next year’s allocation.

Mr Webb agreed that funding being made available to local authorities for cases where it would be inappropriate for individuals to make up the shortfall should be spent.

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2:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

cunone says...

Perhaps as the temporary traveller sites are a liberal initiative perhaps Mrs Brooke could let a room or 2 to travellers would help the expenses
Perhaps as the temporary traveller sites are a liberal initiative perhaps Mrs Brooke could let a room or 2 to travellers would help the expenses cunone
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3:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

justsayithowitis says...

If a spare room is essential that shouldn't be a problem. I don't see why taxpayers should fund spare bedrooms for people who don't go to work but want a spare room for when friends visit. I am sure lots of people who work every hour possible to pay their way would like a spare room but can't afford it
If a spare room is essential that shouldn't be a problem. I don't see why taxpayers should fund spare bedrooms for people who don't go to work but want a spare room for when friends visit. I am sure lots of people who work every hour possible to pay their way would like a spare room but can't afford it justsayithowitis
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5:06pm Sun 2 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

I work and pay taxes and I can't afford a spare room, so why should I fund people who aren't working having one? What is the point of going to work if you can have a bigger house with more rooms by being on benefits. If you lose your job, get a smaller house. It's not rocket science.
I work and pay taxes and I can't afford a spare room, so why should I fund people who aren't working having one? What is the point of going to work if you can have a bigger house with more rooms by being on benefits. If you lose your job, get a smaller house. It's not rocket science. ashleycross
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6:15pm Sun 2 Mar 14

justsayithowitis says...

ashleycross wrote:
I work and pay taxes and I can't afford a spare room, so why should I fund people who aren't working having one? What is the point of going to work if you can have a bigger house with more rooms by being on benefits. If you lose your job, get a smaller house. It's not rocket science.
I couldn't have put it better myself
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: I work and pay taxes and I can't afford a spare room, so why should I fund people who aren't working having one? What is the point of going to work if you can have a bigger house with more rooms by being on benefits. If you lose your job, get a smaller house. It's not rocket science.[/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it better myself justsayithowitis
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11:58pm Sun 2 Mar 14

poshiesymons says...

i dont see why just because your in social housing and receive benefit you should be penalised for having an extra room , but if you live in social housing and pay full rent then its perfectly acceptable to under occupy .... this is not a solution to the social housing crisis , its a war on the poor , because if it was a solution to the lack of social housing and overcrowding they would enforce a ruling that would state that you are not allowed to under occupy social housing regardless of if you are paying the full rent or not .
i dont see why just because your in social housing and receive benefit you should be penalised for having an extra room , but if you live in social housing and pay full rent then its perfectly acceptable to under occupy .... this is not a solution to the social housing crisis , its a war on the poor , because if it was a solution to the lack of social housing and overcrowding they would enforce a ruling that would state that you are not allowed to under occupy social housing regardless of if you are paying the full rent or not . poshiesymons
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12:24am Mon 3 Mar 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Spare room tax??
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IT'S NOT A TAX. THIS SCUM DON'T PAY THEIR SHARE IF ANY!!
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Is it not enough my fellow taxpayers and I house, feed and educate their feral kids?
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Sorry but jog on with your spare room, cheeky, greedy parasites!
Spare room tax?? . IT'S NOT A TAX. THIS SCUM DON'T PAY THEIR SHARE IF ANY!! . Is it not enough my fellow taxpayers and I house, feed and educate their feral kids? . Sorry but jog on with your spare room, cheeky, greedy parasites! HRH of Boscombe
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8:23am Mon 3 Mar 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

It seems that the tax-payer pays all their taxes to welfare.So who pays for defence and infrastructure, etc,etc.

Didn't hear any moaning when Nick Clegg spent £10,000 on a self portrait of himself ? Or David Cameron claims £5.00 for a luxury staple remover ? No moans there either.

The reality is we all pay for each other in some shape or form.And by the way, i am a tax payer and see the bigger picture.Calling people parasites ends the debate as one never knows when they may need welfare.There's no jobs for life anymore unless your an MP sitting in a safe seat and claiming the above.
It seems that the tax-payer pays all their taxes to welfare.So who pays for defence and infrastructure, etc,etc. Didn't hear any moaning when Nick Clegg spent £10,000 on a self portrait of himself ? Or David Cameron claims £5.00 for a luxury staple remover ? No moans there either. The reality is we all pay for each other in some shape or form.And by the way, i am a tax payer and see the bigger picture.Calling people parasites ends the debate as one never knows when they may need welfare.There's no jobs for life anymore unless your an MP sitting in a safe seat and claiming the above. politicaltrainspotter
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2:09pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Maybe Mrs Brooke should really be pointing out the economic lunacy of bedroom tax, rather than doing the usual LibDem thing of looking out of the minorities. The bedroom tax will lose someone in receipt of benefits, on average £14 per week, they will not be able to downsize because there are simply no properties available in the social housing sector and they will probably not be in any position to afford moving if they rent privately. So all the bedroom tax will really do is force people to spend £14 a week less at the shops and thus adversely affecting the economy. A pointless exercise really.

If our government seriously wants to make savings on the benefits bill of Britain, which was a staggering £208 billion in 2012, then they should look at those who benefit from the people on benefits and not at those who are in receipt of them.
Maybe Mrs Brooke should really be pointing out the economic lunacy of bedroom tax, rather than doing the usual LibDem thing of looking out of the minorities. The bedroom tax will lose someone in receipt of benefits, on average £14 per week, they will not be able to downsize because there are simply no properties available in the social housing sector and they will probably not be in any position to afford moving if they rent privately. So all the bedroom tax will really do is force people to spend £14 a week less at the shops and thus adversely affecting the economy. A pointless exercise really. If our government seriously wants to make savings on the benefits bill of Britain, which was a staggering £208 billion in 2012, then they should look at those who benefit from the people on benefits and not at those who are in receipt of them. Marty Caine UKIP
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4:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

loftusrod says...

It's not a tax.
It's not a tax. loftusrod
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