Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system - Work and Pensions Committee Contents


Formal Minutes


Wednesday 26 March 2014

Members present:

Dame Anne Begg, in the Chair
Graham Evans

Sheila Gilmore

Glenda Jackson

Nigel Mills

Teresa Pearce

Mr Michael Thornton

Dame Angela Watkinson

Draft Report (Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 63 read and agreed to.

Paragraph—(Sheila Gilmore)—brought up and read, as follows:

"We received substantial evidence of hardship caused to households, and additional costs incurred by landlords and local authorities as a result of the Social Sector Size Criteria (SSSC). Spending on Discretionary Housing Payments looks set to continue for years and reduces potential savings. There was little evidence that the policy is effective in addressing overcrowding, not least due to the geographical imbalance of supply and demand. Accordingly we recommend that the SSSC be scrapped."

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 3 Noes, 4
Sheila Gilmore Graham Evans
Glenda Jackson Nigel Mills
Teresa Pearce Mr Michael Thornton
Dame Angela Watkinson

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraphs 64 to 172 read and agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for publishing with the Report (in addition to that ordered to be reported for publishing on 9 October and 6 November 2013).

[Adjourned till Monday 31 March at 4.15 pm.


 
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