Under-Occupancy Charge

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Instead of standing here saying that he welcomes the fact that five judges found that a woman with a panic room should be subject to a bedroom tax, should not the Minister go away and review his entire policy? Instead of attacking the people on the demand side, the Government need to look at the supply side of housing. The Government should end the right to buy, where a quarter of houses end up on the buy-to-let market, further pushing up the housing benefit bill, and they should target the right areas.

Damian Green The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

No, I do not think I should stand at the Dispatch Box and challenge the Supreme Court. The hon. Gentleman is right about the supply side, though. The supply side is as important as the demand side. That is why this Government are spending huge amounts of money to help the housing market generally, and the affordable housing market specifically. I wish that previous Governments had done the same.